Thursday, April 5, 2018

Talk to the Troll about The Liberty Bell is Sick of Puberty

As you can tell from the podcast, seeing The Liberty Bell and the surrounding exhibits in Philadelphia triggered my overthink and babble a bit reflex.  That said, it is an icon of liberty in a nation full of people who believe in liberty on it's face yet has often and currently struggles with the meaning of liberty, the right to liberty for all and the intent of our founders surrounding all issues related to liberty.   Liberty as an American ideal and founding principle is, has been and will be cracked by the differing views on the meaning of Liberty, conflicts between the ideal of liberty and the compromises of shared governance and all the political pandering surrounding the ideal.  The Liberty Bell is cracked, silent yet symbolic and that is a very disorienting thing for me to deal with.  I do think, if it was a thinking being, it would be quite sick of the divisions considering the very true "ring" the spirit of liberty must have in response to the obviously false "thunk" of voices that argue against it's universal application with the notion that liberty for all means less liberty for others - and it's even more selfish and crappy angle, liberty for all means less for me.  We used that kind of logic to justify slavery, robbing Native American's of their lands despite legal treaties and on many other occasions where we acted in ways supposedly demanded by the situations and demanded by the politics of the times without respect for the liberty of all involved.   I see a lot of that going on now when I hear talk about women's rights, LGBT rights and more.  For me this is an indication of our not growing up and into a society that reflects it's belief in liberty as a rhetorical tool rather than as a practiced ideal.  Liberty as an ideal will not be realized as long as it is used by those with more liberty to limit those with less.  Your thoughts are welcome and thank you for bearing with me on this one!!

Here are some great links to more information on the Liberty Bell and the National Park Service.

Note - That last link from the National Science Foundation is PHENOMENAL and contains even more ringing contradictions about our national symbol of liberty, The Liberty Bell!

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