A week ago I began watching the television series “The Man in the High Castle” produced by Amazon Studios. For those of you who haven’t watched the series, “The Man in the High Castle” is an American dystopian alternative history based loosely upon the 1962 novel of the same name. The show is eerie and chilling as it depicts life in the United States had Germany and Japan won World War II. The United States is now divided into two larger states: the Greater Nazi Reich and the Japanese Pacific States.
Watching “The Man in the High Castle” made me reflect on the state of things in our country right now. I try not to talk politics via our blog (for many reasons). However, this post is beyond democrats and republicans or wherever you may fall politically. It is about being grateful and fighting for truth and justice no matter who may lead our country.
In the series, we follow characters whose lives greatly affect one another after coming into contact with propaganda films. Many of the characters on the show do whatever they can to try to get their country back from the Nazis and Japanese. They want their freedom back and will try to get it at any cost, even if that cost is death.
The television series has allowed me to sit back and really ask myself if I truly value my freedom and safety. If I truly know what freedom means and entails.
For years we have seen many try to take our freedom and safety from us here in the United States whether via war or terrorist attacks. I believe that we, as Americans, have come out stronger and with more appreciation for our country after facing such trials. However, I believe we do need to express that appreciation more. That is one of my personal goals for 2018.
So what does freedom mean to me? It means to live as I choose, to speak, to worship (or not worship) as I choose. It means I can stand up for others, that I have the right to achieve my dreams and have the right to vote.
In his state of the Union Address in 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated;
“We look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.
The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.”
Though today our country may be in turmoil, and many in the world are not able to enjoy those four essential freedoms. We need to remember to be truly grateful to live in the United States where we are free to live as we chose.
Let us continue to be thankful no matter what we face and show that appreciation more often in 2018.