free will can’t truly exist for anyone unable to see beyond their own opinions

words and photo by Brian Thompson.

free will can’t truly exist for anyone unable to see beyond their own opinions — they cast shadows onto places where there are none.

in their stubbornness, they remain a fool and a willing slave to ignorance, a prisoner to their limited point of views.

all of us are shaped by the culture we were born into; it’s influenced solely by that of our family, their traditions, and all of the customs from where we were raised.

so despite what we’d like to think, our perspectives aren’t entirely our own, they were inherited — this is the accident of our birth.

the difference between a prisoner and a free man however, is in one's ability to remain open to reason, wisdom and logic, and having a healthy curiosity for other ways of life — be empty of criticism, and full of compassion.

only when you free yourself of limiting opinions will the truth allow itself to be revealed

leave your tribe and explore, both in your mind and by foot — see the world some more. reveal new perspectives and entertain new concepts of mind. see everything anew and consider opposing views otherwise ignored.

cleanse your palate of understanding — wander, examine and absorb.

read, taste, listen and observe — without judgement.

investigate life, refreshed and with a clear and receptive mind. liberate yourself from the confines of ignorance and discrimination.

leave all your biases behind.

brian thompson