I am not a revolutionary. I am not an Anarchist. I am not a Communist. I am not a Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian, or anything else. I am a political animal because I believe in a society that takes care of its people and I will fight politically for the dignity and worth of my brothers and sisters. Yet that doesn’t define the totality of my being.
I am a man. I am a free man in a world where freedom is often a tenuous concept.
I am not a Christian. I am not a Buddhist. I am not Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or anything else. I am a man of spirit in a world where spirituality is often little more than politics disguised as religion. My spirituality is personal and universal. I am one with all.
My freedom resides in my soul. I cannot count on any other person or any institution to grant me the right to be free or even the right to be. I was born. I am living. I will die. In my living I am dying–they are one and the same. Every day I am born again into a new day and every day I am dying simply by being. My being is my freedom.
Governments come and go and all of them serve to strengthen those in power and oppress those who are powerless. If one is overturned another will take its place. It is the way of the world. Governments want willing servants, not free souls. Kings and tyrants cannot control those who are truly free, though they will do their utmost in the attempt. True freedom is within the individual. The man who is truly free cannot be compelled to servitude and cannot be imprisoned.
While I walk this earth, while I move upon this planet, I will do so with purpose. I will stand for my freedom and for the rights of others. I will work to know myself and understand and ease the suffering of others. I will seek peace in my soul and stand for peace and justice for all. I will be one with my fellow beings until I am once again one with the earth. I will be free while I live and freed when I die.