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Free people -- Are you Free? Part 1

I’m a history Nerd and, believe it or not, I apply historical concepts to my teaching of health. Human nature doesn’t change; people being influenced by the culture they live in has not changed. For example, Herodotus wrote the first history book which was a great multicultural study of the Persian Empire. He compared the different cultures of Persians with the Greeks.   Herodotus says the Persians were the tyrant people. They were a people who think they can make nature and man do and think whatever they want.   For example, The Gyndes River thwarts King Cyrus once; He punishes it by dividing it into 360 channels to punish the river. Why? The river must do what he says. It was illegal for the Persian people to think, they must conform to the human thought of the most powerful. There was no room for freedom or the independence of reason.

What does this have to do with Health? Simple.

Just as there are two different types of cultures, there are two types of people:

  • Free people, like the Greeks believed the essential quality of the human being was to reason. Aristotle said we all long for the good. We want to be self-controlled, intelligent in our judgments, moderate and courageous. In short, beyond good — beautiful. To hold the station of a citizen was to hold a high station — it was beautiful. People reason through having the freedom to discuss ideas, ask important questions like what are the consequences if we do. . . ., what are the costs, Why?
  • Unfree people, like the Persians live under a tyrant that controls every aspect of their life. They are not allowed to think, ask questions, be different; they were only to obey. That was considered beautiful to the Persian Kings.
Examples of unfree people are:

  • Addicted people (porn, gambling, sex, drugs, food, exercise, gaming (fill in the     blank) __________ are not free people or capable of rational thought followed by a rational action.
  • People who are physically, mentally or emotionally controlled by others. They are fearful of what would happen if they don’t please the tyrant in their life (a group, teacher, boss, boyfriend, girlfriend, job, expectation).
  • Ever notice that some groups look, dress, think and act alike. Total conformity or maybe I won’t fit in. You take a chance if Wednesday is wear plaid day and you come to school in stripes. I prefer stripes, I look better in stripes and I rather wear stripes is an independent thought. The group can’t let you be too different; that is how you lose control.
  • The Cool Kids — it takes a lot of work to maintain cool. Cool is a very competitive sport because cool changes — check out your parents high school year book. Check out that year’s version of cool kids. 20 years later — not so cool.
  • People exposed to only one world view.
Are you a free person?   Someone who asks important questions like:

  • What are the consequences if we do. . . .,?
  • What are the costs?
  • Why?
  • Do you have self-control or do you have to be controlled by someone else?
  • Is your decision making WISE?
These are all questions to think about when considering how free you truly are. Think about it.

Next week we will discuss – Free People – Your Path Determines Your Destination.