Coffee: Guatemalan Extra Dark Roast, Trader Joe’s Brand
I got in a conversation about ‘freedom.’ Raised white American, I took freedom for granted. It was good; that was that.
I think I was wrong. ‘Freedom’ is a beautiful thing if you have the power to use it. It’s useless if that power’s kept away from you. I think ‘equal’ is a better goal. Part of being ‘equal’ means putting limits on power.
I’ve been unemployed for thirty-one days. Still, my skin is white and my blood is Southern. I have a complicated relationship with freedom: I want more; I have too much.
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
“And because the condition of man . . . is a condition of war of every one against every one, in which case every one is governed by his own reason, and there is nothing he can make use of that may not be a help unto him in preserving his life against his enemies; it follows that in such a condition every man has a right to every thing, even to one another’s body. And therefore, as long as this natural right of every man to every thing endures, there can be no security to any man, how strong or wise soever he be, of living out the time which nature ordinarily allows men to live.” – Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan