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Freedom Forever Part II

Last month we looked at freedom from the perspective of nations. But what is liberty for an individual? What is true freedom? Most may think it is the right to do anything one wants. And this is true to a degree – do I want to eat the sloppy joe or the bungo burger? Do I want my room painted rosemary red or orangutan orange? Do I want to tattoo an eyeball to the back of my head or a head on the back of my eyelid? The opportunity to select one’s preferences is one of the beauties of freedom – and expresses uniqueness and individuality.

But freedom misused – even once – can make us slaves again. A person who uses drugs often gets addicted. Someone might tell the heroin user that they are free to choose not to use the syringe – but they are no longer free – they are a slave to the drug they once chose to try. I worked in the streets for over 20 years and every drug addict I met wishes they had never started. They feel helpless to permanently stop. And there are many bad things that can addict us besides drugs we may trade for our freedom. So true freedom is not the right to choose anything, but rather the power to do what is right – the “freedom” to still choose what is good for others and ourselves.

Addiction is slavery. How can we get free again once we may have sold freedom in an area of our lives? Where can we find the self-discipline to keep choosing a better way? How can our souls find release from the bondage of our personal choices that may have led to shame, guilt, and feelings of failure? For me it was Christ who rescued me (and continues to do so) from a lot of selfish behavior and addictions in my life. Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free…so if the Son sets you free you are free indeed!” (John 8:31,32,36)

Once freed there are many good places like church or AA meetings and there are many programs that help rebuild discipline and can replace the addiction with positive, healthy life styles. Surely martial arts are an excellent option to help people find a new path of discipline, structure, and health. Martial Arts even provides new friends as in our kung fu family to help support us. Such programs are of great help empowering the person to keep expressing freedom in a new and better way. Following such love and truth surely may help us to find true freedom in the soul and in life!

-Sigung Steve Jungmann
Pai Xeung Lum

August 3, 2016 | Blog Posts | Comments Off on Freedom Forever Part II

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