means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything
less is a form of slavery. ~ Wayne Dyer
asked us how they celebrate the Fourth of July in Cambodia,
where we are spending this American Independence Day. It
just goes to show that some people don't even know what they're
Here's a funny
'man on the street' segment from last year proving this point:
So this Independence
Day, we feel it's important to define what freedom means to us.
But, first, I'll tell you what freedom isn't. It isn't celebrating
once-a-year with beer and fireworks about America declaring independence
from England 236 years ago. That has very little to do with defining
individual freedom in 2012.
of Independence and the Constitution are vital to be remembered,
and just their existence sets America apart from most nations in
how we define rights and freedom. But, just as most Americans have
forgotten (or never learned) the Constitution, so have the lawmakers.
With the overwhelming
onslaught of rules and regulations resulting in the largest prison
population in the world, America should hardly be considered the
"land of the free".
are fast approaching the stage of ultimate inversion: the stage
where government is free to do as it pleases, while the citizens
may act only by permission." ~ Ayn Rand
By the way,
do you have a permit for those fireworks? Nobody would even understand
this question in Latin America or Asia. They would laugh if an official
started demanding such things.
I don't want
to come off as anti-America because, as Americans, we are much more
fortunate than many people's of the world -- not just in physical
wealth, but also in our beliefs. By beliefs, I mean the belief that
we are able to achieve anything we put our mind to. There is immense
value to that concept which most of the rest of the world simply
as Americans, we are able to freely travel to most countries of
the world because our passport is granted easy access. So, it's
not all bad to be American compared to most other nationalities.
Yet, the freedom
to be unobstructed to "live your life as you choose" is
unquestionably deteriorating in America. Whether it's government
laws and regulations or economics, the majority of people seem to
feel trapped within confines of their 9-5 lifestyle.
It's a lifestyle
of dependence; dependence on your company for a job and health insurance,
dependence on government assistance or social security, dependence
on debt and credit cards, water companies, electric companies, factory
food, etc. The list goes on and on.
As Thomas Jefferson
wrote, "Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates
the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition."
is primarily about choices. And although choices may appear to becoming
systematically eliminated, we always have choices. Remember, Americans
believe we can do anything. Where there's a will, there's still
a way. Thankfully.
We are free
because we choose to be.
we travel the world unobstructed, work for ourselves, homeschool
the kids, and generally do what we want. Our goal is to make
everyday feel like Saturday. Living our lifestyle in America would
be difficult-to-impossible in many ways, from high cost living to
restrictions on homeschoolers. In other words, there are obstructions
to our freedom there.
So we chose
a life of adventure, traveling the world as digital nomads.
We're lucky enough to make our money independently so we have the
freedom to travel. But, significantly, we "decided" to
choose freedom over conformity.
is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." ~ John F. Kennedy
We are not
unique. Everyone can choose to be less dependent on the system and
become more self-reliant.
step you make towards the goal of being self-sufficient, the more
free you become. The less dependent you are, the more choices you
It's that simple.
expect governments to give you more freedom. As we've witnessed
in recent years, they can only remove freedom. Only you can define
what freedom means to you and then pursue that path in your personal
life and through broader activism.
So this American
Independence Day 2012, take the time to reflect on what individual
freedom means to you and go after it. It's yours for the taking.
See what other
nomadic families have to say about freedom: