I, PENCIL

Posted: October 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

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I,Pencil by Leonard E, Read, is in my opinion, one of the most thought-provoking essays I have read in a long time. One statement in particular has really stood out for me. The statement, “Leave all creative energies uninhibited” is an exceedingly profound declaration that speaks to generations. Furthermore, it raises a very important and extremely relevant question. Do we willingly or otherwise give up our fundamental freewill to those with corporate and political agendas?

The idea of our thoughts and attitudes continually being shaped and molded by the very people that we have entrusted to have our best interests at heart may be a hard pill for the general public to swallow-and for good reason. The very notion of any system of government that threatens our autonomy should always be at the forefront of any public-sphere discussion or debate. However, in a liberal civilization “the principles of freedom: the sanctity of private property, individual liberty, the rule of law, the free market, and the moral superiority of individual choice and responsibility over coercion”, may be an antiquated and naive concept. For better or worse, and if history is any indication, the reality may very well be that our behaviors, actions, and perceptions are carefully and precisely regulated. Sadly, this is not, at least in my opinion, the major basis for concern.

The existence of this phenomenon is not in question here. The question of how it came to be is. Are those with commercial and state power taking control over our decision-making process, and by that very definition, our fundamental freedoms or are we voluntarily giving it up to them because of our own erroneous notions of inadequacy or apathy?

Never could a more profound lesson be written by such a humble instrument.

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