Various Burdens of Freedom

I had been pondering on various historical events that had rubbed me right. Once again referencing onthisday.com , I had noticed that on this day in history 1918, “rebels seized control of the Finnish capital during the Finnish civil war”. I honestly did not care or think much of this until I got to dig in to the Finnish civil war itself.

Finland had found itself in a civil war to gain control of their new “state” which was during the transition from being a territory passed around to many other kingdoms. There were many parties interested in placing their vision upon the young country, spurred on by a power vacuum.

Reading about their civil conflict, especially among the civilian involvement, reminded me of something a wise man once told me:

Freedom often comes with burdens

I had not thought of this when I was in my late teens, when I left home. I had always been promised loose conditions when I was the one determining the rules. The one way I had done that was to emancipate myself upon a certain age.

The freedom came with a price. I could not embrace the wild life as I wanted. I was forced to pay certain expenses that had been provided for me before. I was cursed with many decisions and legal snares which I had never known before.

I had to make mistakes and learn from them. I had to learn how to interact with others. I had to learn what constituted a man of free constitution.

That wise man who told me about freedom’s burdens also spoke about countries that failed, often continuously, after they had earned or had been given their freedom.

Those countries who had made bad habits, entangled alliances, and embraced cycles of blood letting.

That wise man had told me that freedom disserves many, especially those who have no concept of what freedom is. He continued to tell me that many find comfort in bondage, restraint, or some form of forced servitude. Leading not being possible when no one can understand why a leader is needed, a leader was always supplied.

The wise man warned of the free who thought nothing beyond a semblance of revenge and rapacious nature. Those fools were incapable of using freedom’s gifts or the forgiveness of a light tyrant’s hand.

I had reason to believe that Finland had experienced the events of their civil war and learned from it. Learned to not repeat and to do better as countrymen.

This is different than many other countries that I get to read about. I learned from them that my own freedom did not assign me endless hedonism, but other responsibilities and cautions.

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6 Responses to Various Burdens of Freedom

  1. Deacon Blues says:

    Great post. You raise a question in my mind that has occupied some of my time. It seems to me that freedom cannot be a reckless dive into self-indulgence, as you’ve said. Perhaps what freedom means is the ability to act in the circumstances in accordance with your experience and the gifts God gave you. The circumstances include existing traditions and institutions, and those that arise organically, and not those imposed in the name of Socialism, or other artificial constructs. Just thinking out loud here.

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  5. Roman says:

    Yes. Freedom comes with a lot of responsibility and the average Joe (and especially the average Jane) would rather have some dolt in high power tell them what to do than take responsibility for themselves.

    That said, I’d love to read more about Finland. I know very little about that little nation other than there are only about 5 million people in the entire nation, they had arguably the best sniper ever, and for some odd reason, they put out some really good popular music. And contrary to popular opinion, Finnish folk aren’t Scandinavians. They’re a different genetic stock.

    Oh and speaking of snipers, I once watched a Russian movie about Lyudmila Pavlichenko. I remember enjoying it.

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