"All good things are wild and free." - Henry David Thoreau
How many times have you seen this sentiment on a t-shirt in the past year? It's everywhere, and for good reason. It's a beautiful statement and a lofty goal. To be wild and free! What a gift! But are we? My wildflowers are. The wildlife on my property are. That doesn't mean they aren't subject to being picked, mowed down or hunted. The beauty of life is to live it anyway.
As I took photos of these wildflowers in our walking meadows over the weekend, Thoreau's statement kept coming to mind. Wild and free is an overused proclamation right now, used to sell product, gain followers and control an easily manipulated portion of the population. I was part of that for a while. I've seen the light, and I'm waking up to the handling of our culture with pretty words and images. If you believe you are wild and free maybe you won't noticed that you are being enslaved more and more and more and more every single day. Shout it from the mountaintop of Facebook with a meme, and it still doesn't change the fact that we are slaves to a system and ideology that does not have our best interest at heart.
Is the person being forced to pay more and more taxes, follow more and more laws, bullied into believing and supporting issues that go against their values really wild and free? Keep buying your Wild and Free t-shirts made in China. I'm sure they will appreciate our wild and free notions when the debt comes due. The more the days pass, the more we become indentured servants... the closer to slavery we become. Slavery is the opposite of wild and free.
I read Walden in high school. I think it's time to read it again. I think I need to remember what it's really like to be wild and free. I need to understand what it really means and feels like. I don't want to be a useful idiot. I want my freedom and to be left alone to live my life as I see fit, not how the government, social media and techno-politics dictates. I'm not sure how well I articulated my thoughts on this subject. I will post again when I have a better understanding.
Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures of our mid-June yard. Despite all the rain, my garden is thriving. What are your favorite wildflowers and wildlife? What does wild and free mean to you?