Pondering Independence

Technically speaking, I am a fully independent man. I have surpassed the official age of retirement and am free to do as I please. This realization happened a few years ago when nearly all my remaining familial obligations came to an end.

In reality, I have chosen to continue some family responsibilities and remain living in the same town and state for practical reasons. Is this partial independence really independence or not? I pondered the subject of independence earlier this week, while I picked up elm tree sticks and swept tree leaves off of the driveway.

I do not own my home. I pay a man for the privilege of living here. You might say that this is a form of voluntary feudalism. I pay tribute to a landlord in the form of money plus house and yard maintenance. I fulfill the role of a peasant who cares for the interests of the lord. Meantime, the landlord is the lord who is ultimately responsible for the land and buildings. His role as owner includes writing the cheques to tax collectors, insurance companies, and bills for major maintenance costs.

I have temporarily exchanged part of my independence for the right to enjoy living at the pleasure of the landlord. Meantime, the landlord has the freedom to sell this property or to pass it on to his son as part of an estate. Of course, I have the freedom to sell my belongings, give a one month notice to the landlord and vacate the property. Looking at the situation in this manner, I currently enjoy more independence than my landlord possesses.

I can extrapolate the above situation to the radical point of me becoming some sort of prospector or mountain man who has eschewed civilization altogether. I would still depend upon the choice of civilization to maintain a benevolent attitude towards people who reject civilization yet exist within the national boundaries of that civilization’s land mass. As long as I live, I can never be absolutely, totally independent.

For the sake of argument, I currently fall into the category of independent humans. Within these generous parameters, I am free to face adversities and challenges pretty much on my own terms. I am free to envision creative projects and tweak my life’s purpose. I am legally allowed to channel my strengths and compensate for my weaknesses in order to achieve goals. Within the constraints of my financial assets, I can pretty much come and go as I wish.

Humans find great satisfaction in feeling free and independent. Self-sufficiency is a rewarding state of being. However, independence is fleeting. It can be taken away by social tradition or through crime. If we commit a crime, we can expect justice and incarceration. If crime is committed against us, we might lose the physical means to live independently.

Even when one lives a reasonably happy, productive life and ends up with a bountiful measure of resources, independence will eventually wane. For most of us, our health will decline in some ways, or we will need to depend upon other people in some way just to maintain our basic survival needs. That may manifest in the confines of assisted living apartments. If we live even longer, there is the prospect of surrendering nearly all of our independence to existence in a nursing home.

The above scenario takes place in a first-world, prosperous nation. Independence takes on different meanings in nations that have other modes of governance and economic systems. Independence might mean greater freedom and joy or more hardship and suffering.

Meantime, independence may be simply an illusion. When we think of our lives on Earth, we live within the dimensions of interconnectedness. There is no such thing as full independence. All beings are dependent upon other beings and other things. We are all dependent upon stuff of this planet.

Ciao
The Blue Jay of Happiness ponders something from the retail store founder, James Cash Penney, Junior. “The five separate fingers are five independent units. Close them and the fist multiplies strength. This is organization.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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3 Responses to Pondering Independence

  1. Jaesjabber says:

    Yes, I absolutely agree and when I move, I must first investigate the properties and amendments. I do not like surprises like waking up at night, turning on the lights and seeing a fleet of roaches marching like military in the stillness or my peaceful sleep. The roaches don’t pay my rent yet they access my personal parameters and I can be not real nice. I have to thoroughly know with gut certainty that I am safe as well. Is this a safe community? Are my neighbors good people to plug into?

    • Jaesjabber says:

      FYI— JCPenney must be rolling in his grave at how successful corporations get big breaks at the government level, but there is a high price to pay for scrutiny in that corporate world. I know because I worked it and almost died at the realization that accepting a job with access to personal information was selling your soul to the devil. One little mistake and they have no tolerance for new people to make mistakes. In such case the leaders create a mutiny to set you up to fail out of the false pretense that your error was intentional and not just a defect in the learning process!! Did they ever stop to ponder that the company trainers have not completed their own jobs successfully? Did they even give me proper training or was I just thrown to the wolves who are always hungry but I had to thwart traps on each new farm so to speak. I ask for someone in tech and international trade responds so we chat via internal company messaging and next day open my corporate email reprimanding me for asking for tech support from someone in tech support when that jackass responded from a different department altogether just to be a bitch looking to start trouble for no reason at all! This began the set up of my demise. I did research to learn in between customer corporate complaints typically ; and instead, it launched a corporate witch hunt because my interest to understand how the company began and where we were at present and what did the future look like and from mere hunger to learn core values, while co workers watched movies got on Facebook and even watched pornography!

      • swabby429 says:

        Corporate culture has always been less than ideal. It’s much crazier and controlling nowadays. I’m glad I’m out of the workforce now.

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