This is an age of power. But every age has its own Medusas of power who attempt to control the hearts and minds of men.
Anonymous power in media and technology is every bit equal to the power of prison walls. Satellites whiz overhead and create an unseen and unknown net around us for purposes of control that we can’t even imagine.
And we who are not behind walls are impulsive. We may be too quick to give away our freedom when we hear the words “I love you,” and find ourselves held captive in abusive relationships.
And men and women sadly give up their freedom, their fortune, their families and their lives for heroin or other addictive drugs, liquor, or cigarettes. My state, Vermont, now has an epidemic of babies being born who are addicted to heroin and not by their choice.
Viktor Frankl survived the Nazi concentration camps and discovered a place of freedom in the human soul, a place of personal power in which we all can be free. The men I met in prison began to rediscover their power through self-control, but, as I said, it takes a little practice. They also discovered one another, and a little dose of community gave them encouragement and hope. Perhaps the second secret about overcoming power and finding freedom is community. That takes practice, too. And a whole lot of self-control.
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