Imagine an injustice, an abuse of power, or even a proper use of power that nonetheless makes you feel slavish, powerless, and unfree. I will not give you an example because I expect my readers to be imaginative enough to come up with examples on their own.
I am recalling an instance where I came off badly, where I could not do what I truly wanted to do, where I felt pissed off. And I turn it to the now, to a power situation where the people in power fill me with rage, anger, hate. My gaze turns ferocious. My eyes see red. My will wants blood. I am ready to explode and fuck shit up, but I keep my mind cool—for now. For I remember: Not blood, but freedom is what I truly want. So, what shall my next step be?
I use the fight-or-flight approach to freedom.
In a fight for freedom, I concentrate my wrathful forces to plan an attack. My goal is to overthrow my economic oppressors, to outgrow their power, and to break free. Rather than alleviating my rage, I funnel it. I utilize my rage to fuel my strategic mind. The path of warfare becomes my path to freedom.
Yet when I choose to resist and revolt, I must beware of any thirst for unfunneled vengeance trying to infiltrate my strategic mind, leading me to attack petty people, not life itself. I shall hold my flame up high and I shall not rest until my wrath has spoken, until my war is won, my power gained, my change manifested!
In a flight for freedom, I realize that my wrathful forces have their own enslaving qualities. My goal is to not answer injustice or oppression with an emotional reaction. Rather than honoring the situation with rage, I stay calm and stoically grounded. I do not have to add emotional enslavement on top of economic enslavement. The path of mindcoolness becomes my path to freedom.
Yet when I choose to accept and let go, I must beware of conformist tendencies trying to infiltrate my forgiving mind. I shall hold my head up high and I shall not forget until my soul can no longer bend, until my mind is cooled, my peace enforced, my serenity manifested!
My True Will will tell me when to fight and when to flight. May its advice be grounded in wisdom! For the danger of fight is to get lost in hate, but the danger of flight is weakness. And as a fight’s outward strength can bring me closer to outer freedom, so can a flight’s inward strength bring me closer to inner freedom.
Do I want my inside or my outside to be free?
I want both.