Is freedom a state of mind? It’s not an easy question to answer from this side of the fence, so I’m going to need your help with this!
Some days I think that it is, depending on my mood and my headspace.
The reason that I’m saying this, is that I often hear people saying “you’ll have more freedom if you get resentenced to life.” It is true that I’ll no longer be in solitary confinement, and I won’t have a death sentence over my head, but I’ll still be a far way from freedom, or my understanding of what freedom is.
Of course, I’m still limited in many ways but I still have control of my thoughts, so in that sense I do have freedom, but when you’re looking at the years fly by through a fence, freedom isn’t the first word that comes to mind.
From David and his friends on this blog, we wanted to address the subject of the victims and loved ones of people on Death Row directly.
In supporting David to create this blog, ourselves and David are very aware of hurting people affected by anything that has led to people being on Death Row. We worried about this and continue to be mindful of other people's suffering. We all have families and cannot imagine the suffering you have gone through and continue to go through.
Nothing that we publish is intended in any way to undermine this.
We simply want to draw attention to the injustices of the death penalty system as it stands, and we are doing this through the experiences of one person we know well.
Everyone suffers and we don't want one person's suffering to cancel out another.
We hope you understand.
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The subject of ‘Freedom’ is one that got my cogs ticking. The question I asked myself was “although I have the freedom of independence, am I free of my own mind”? Freedom is divided into multiple sectors, the most common being Physical and Mental.
Although I am physically free, like a bird that’s been let out of a cage and have the right to express my ideas and opinions, am I mentally free? I’ve always had struggles with my mental health and shackled by my own mind. To me ‘mental freedom’ means detach yourself from all emotions, definitions, and standards you learned growing up. To break free from struggles, accept mistakes, and to live the quality life you envision.
Inner peace, peace of mind, fulfilment, calmness, quiet mind.
I strongly believe that Mental Freedom is significantly more important than Physical Freedom. You can survive in confinement with a free mind, but can you survive life without?!
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