Ah, liberation, what a sweet word. Who wouldn’t want to be set free? What if you aren’t in bondage? Adam and Eve wanted to be liberated, even though God put them in the lushest garden, with abundant food, the purest water that ever flowed, no enemies. The perfect environment. Then the serpent offered something they didn’t have, autonomy and special knowledge (“you will be like God”), all they had to do is disobey God’s simple commands. They wanted liberation from the boss, they got liberation from beauty, purity, purpose, safety. The serpent couldn’t deliver on his false promises. there is no true autonomy from the Creator for the created, and you and I will never have the knowledge of God. The serpent has never stopped promising, though.
“You need to be liberated, from the burden of others, from your responsibilities, from unpleasant feelings, from unequal pay, from your national borders, from sexual limits, from your gender and your chromosomes,” whispers the serpent. “You deserve, you have the right to, liberation. No one is the boss of you.” You don’t want rules, but you still need to be taken care of, in other words, nanarchy. No, I didn’t misspell anarchy, I added N for nanny. The cry for liberation means you are a prisoner, you are in bondage, you live under limits. What are you a prisoner of? What are you in bondage to? What limits do you live under?
Well, I’m in bondage to racism, sexism, homophobia, unequal pay, the wrong gender, transphobia, my marriage, my children, my spouse, my weight, my responsibilities. What about starvation, is that a condition of your life? How about war, getting blown up or shot? Or being threatened by drug cartels or criminal gangs? No? You probably live in the United States. Just maybe, you’re liberated and don’t know it. Or, your own mind and attitude is is keeping you in bondage. That’s a lot more difficult to get liberated from.