- freedom from hate, unconditionally;
- freedom from self-pity;
- freedom from fear of possibly doing something that may help someone else more than it would you; and
- freedom from the kind of pride that could make a man feel that he is better than his brother.
I was watching Ken Burns' documentary, Jazz. last night. It is an excellent history if anyone is interested and available on I Tunes which is where I purchased it. In it, he had a clip of Duke Ellington's US Presidential Medal of Freedom acceptance speech in 1969. Ellington had this to say of the four major freedoms to live by:
The title of this blog is an allusion to the famous work of Blaise Pascal. This blog represents the variety of my interests and thoughts on any given day and are strung together, like Pascal's Pensees, in no particular order. I work in the field of mental health, education, and human rights. I write and am a human rights advocate. I enjoy poetry, jazz, spirituality, politics and a potpourri of other interests that you will see reflected in this blog.