In the past few weeks, I have been hearing a lot about liberty. The freedom to live one’s life as one wishes to live it. And, of course, the government’s desire to take that liberty away.
I would like to add to that chorus of voices and say that I, too, believe in freedom.
First of all, I believe in the liberty to live my life without having twelve or thirteen children. We’re not in the nineteenth century anymore and I don’t need to spend my existence as a woman pumping out kids and dying in childbirth. I want the freedom to fulfill my goals and ambitions, to educate myself, to have a satisfying career and to be creative. I don’t want that freedom taken away from me as I am reduced to the procreation role of a rabbit.
Secondly, I believe in my freedom to follow a religion other than that of the conservative Christian church. As far as I know, we are (still) permitted to follow different religious faiths in this country. Therefore, I will plan my principles, my sex life, my marriage and my worship rituals around my individual spiritual beliefs. I realize that there are conservative Christians in government who would like to take those liberties away, but all this means is that they don’t understand the greatness of this country. I have my conversations with God too—they are not the only ones with that privilege—and the message I’m getting from Him doesn’t bode well for them.
I also believe in the freedom to use my brain. I don’t think God would have given me an active, functioning, sarcastic mind if I wasn’t meant to use it. I believe in the freedom we have as a species to use our intelligence, to make amazing technological and medical advances, and to make the world better this way. I don’t think we should be ashamed of that, as if it somehow takes us further away from God or Nature. I don’t believe in abandoning all the progress we’ve made so that we can return to the “good old days”. Or the Dark Ages, more like. Does anybody here really want to live in a world with no cancer treatments or high-speed Internet? Moving on, then.
Finally, I would like to live my life free of fear. Free of the fear that if I develop a serious illness, I will lose everything I have. The fear that I will be swindled out of my retirement savings. Or the fear that I will have to spend my life working for minimum wage, because all of our work will get outsourced overseas and there will be no other options for me. But I forgot…I have already been born, so my well-being means very little to those in power. Even less since I’m a woman. If only I was a fetus, perhaps I would have better luck!