Freedom Is Just An Illusion

Freedom Is Just An Illusion

Freedom Is Just An Illusion.

Freedom Is Just An Illusion

“Free our people!”
That was the cry of those who
fought for the people
in the days when slavery,
was more physical than mental. In the days when
slave masters would cruelly maltreat their slaves
with hot irons, clubs and canes. In the days when slaves were
treated like animals and had no opportunity to experience the joys of life
because…cruelty had been fed them and disdain had been their drink,
until they were freed by the voices of those who cried out,
“Free our people!”

Today, they say
we are free and we glory in it. We rarely—hardly ever hear cases of slaves or
masters. We feel secure that we have our rights but
do we? Are we truly free?
We aren’t.
We are slaves who are tortured but not with visible hot irons, clubs and canes.
We have our rights but our voices will not free us.
We are slaves to the things that controls us—to science and technology.
We are slaves to ideas, mentalities, events, dreams and scripts;
to the adverts around us, to ourselves, to the laws that bind us—
to rules and to regulations made by God or man
to principles or plans…
You see, for as long as man exists, he is bound by certain rules
even in lawlessness, there are rules that are binding.
So…
when we talk of being free—
we are just talking about another aspect of slavery.

Written and Performed by Viano Dee

About Freedom Is Just An Illusion

This spoken word poetry is one that provokes the reader to question what freedom is, first, by addressing slavery as what everyone knows it to mean.

The first part of the poem talks about the physical slavery. The second, talks about the other aspects (which include the mental, social, spiritual aspects) of slavery.

What the poet is trying to pass across is this: no man is truly free. Man is subject to something or someone knowingly or unknowingly.

Even if one doesn’t believe in God or the devil or science and claims they are in charge of their lives— there is still a check— the conscience.

Again, if one has decided to be good, it means there is a law that guides them from doing evil. If one has decided to be evil, it means there is a law guiding them from doing good— hence no man is entirely free.

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Viano Dee

Viano Dee is a non niche blogger, poet, songwriter and a hardcore romantic who believes that life is something that we all should be positive about. She writes about life generally with the hope that positive change will occur even if it's just in one person. Her write-ups could take any form: poetry, articles, and even songs in ways that'll inspire you, resonate with you, or tell a story while keeping you both informed and entertained.

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Catherine
2 years ago

Thank you so much for your powerful message! I enjoyed listening to as well as reading your poetry and thoughts. 

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Reply to  Catherine
2 years ago

Thanks so much Catherine. I truly appreciate this.

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2 years ago

Thank you so much Catherine. I truly appreciate it.

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Crystal
2 years ago

What a beautiful and powerful message. You are quite talented 🙂 

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Reply to  Crystal
2 years ago

Thank you so much Crystal. Means a lot.

Cristiane
2 years ago

Wow! That’s a pretty interesting point of view. Never really thought about that way. 

You’re so talented. Thanks for sharing your gift with us.

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Reply to  Cristiane
2 years ago

Thank you so much Christiane. Appreciate it.

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2 years ago

Very thought provoking, you are brilliant and talented 

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Reply to  Simi
2 years ago

Thank you so much Simi. Appreciate it.

Streamed TV Fan
2 years ago

This is fantastic. I really like the way you show that as human beings we’d always be slaves to something because we all yearn for rules to follow.

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Reply to  Streamed TV Fan
2 years ago

Thanks so much Streamed TV Fan. Glad you enjoyed it.

Kelly
2 years ago

Great post. I gives much to think about.

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Reply to  Kelly
2 years ago

Thank you so much Kelly. Glad you enjoyed it.

Wren Marie
2 years ago

This was great to read and so true. You have a real talent with words! Keep it up! 

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Reply to  Wren Marie
2 years ago

Thanks so much Wren Marie. Really appreciate it.

Jenn
2 years ago

Such impactful words and insightful thoughts on the deeper meaning of freedom. Very fitting read for the 4th of July.

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Reply to  Jenn
2 years ago

Thanks Jen.

Yomi Spontaneous
2 years ago

Wow such a strong message for today and perfect for the Fourth of July with freedom on everyones mind. 

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Reply to  Yomi Spontaneous
2 years ago

Thanks Jen

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Di MadWriter
2 years ago

I like your thoughts behind this. What a strong message! Sometimes they said we’re a slave of ourselves!

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Reply to  Di MadWriter
2 years ago

Thank you Umiko. Glad you like it.

Samantha
2 years ago

This poem is really thought-provoking and I really liked the exploration of the two dimensions of slavery – the physical and the inner one. Such strong words and concepts. Thank you for sharing this! 

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Reply to  Samantha
2 years ago

Thank you so much Samantha. Glad you enjoyed it.

David Elliott
2 years ago

It is an interesting commentary on freedom.  Not sure I fully by into it.  Although I think it comes from a misunderstanding of freedom itself.  And how choices are made.  But it is a powerful statement nonetheless.

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Reply to  David Elliott
2 years ago

Thank you so much David. Would really love to see it from your perspective. I hope you don’t mind sharing.

Fashion and Style Police
2 years ago

Freedom is an illusion. I love the poem here. I enjoy reading poetry so much. 

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Reply to  Fashion and Style Police
2 years ago

Thanks so much Fashion. Glad you enjoyed it.

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