The title of this blog, “Breathe Free”, is taken from a poem by Emma Lazarus called, “The New Colossus”, written for the Statue of Liberty. The poem in its entirety is graven into a tablet displayed within the pedestal of the Statue.
Breathe Free is taken from the following excerpt from that Poem: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This blog – if you haven’t already sensed it – is going to be a lot about the individual using Free Will and Choice to ” breathe free” of unwanted control and manipulation from whatever the source. Even if that source is from within.
I WHO SPEAK
“I am a human being, whatever that may be.
I speak for all of us who move and think and feel, and whom
time consumes. I speak as an individual unique in a universe
beyond my understanding, and I speak for man. I am hemmed
in by limitations of sense and mind and body, of place and time
and circumstance, some of which I know but most of which I do not.
I am like a man journeying through a forest, aware of occasional
glints of light overhead, with recollections of the long trail I have
already traveled, and conscious of wider spaces ahead. I want
to see more clearly where I have been and where I am going, and
above all, I want to know why I am where I am and why I am traveling at all.
I, John Berrill, a self-conscious fragment of life, want to know;
and this book is an exploration and an inquiry for my own satisfaction
and for any who wish to come with me.”
N J Berrill
Man’s Emerging Mind (1955)
As John Berrill wrote so eloquently above, in the opening chapter
of his beautiful book, Man’s Emerging Mind – so too do I,
Edward Sollisch, a self-conscious fragment of life, want to know;
and this blog is an exploration and an inquiry for my own satisfaction,
and for any who wish to come with me.