The desire for freedom is one of the strongest inner needs of a person. In achieving freedom, people see the chance to ensure a safe independent existence as an opportunity to build their life in comfort and happiness. The concept of “freedom” can be found in different historical epochs. It occupied the minds of many historical thinkers and was used by religious and political figures in their appeals to people. People still use it and manipulate by its means in everyday life, starting with the individual understanding of this word and up to the scale of states and society as a whole. There are many declarations and conventions on human rights, individual freedom, as well as slogans and manifestos calling for this great goal. However, over the past 6,000 years, despite the variety of applications of this term, not a single promise of freedom for the whole society and each person in it has actually been implemented in practice.
History abounds with examples when bloody wars and revolutions began under the great slogan of “freedom”, and illegal invasion of the territories of other states took place. Numerous political conflicts were justified in this way, and anti-human actions aimed at enriching some at the expense of others were excused. Under the external pretext of good intentions, violent interference in the lives of civilians took place, threatening not only their peaceful existence but also their safety and preservation of life. The reason for this is the consumerist format of public relations.
The very desire of a person for freedom is noble and absolutely natural. But in our global society, which lives in the consumerist format of relationships, the concept of “freedom” is stained with deception, lies, and manipulation in the sordid achievement of selfish goals of individuals with the aim of their total control over the masses. Speculating on people’s noble inner need, the inhuman game in pursuit of power over them has been going on for 6,000 years already.
The laws of consumer society remain the same at all times of its existence. Let us recall the historical examples of the times of the slave-holding system. In Ancient Mesopotamia, people sold themselves into slavery due to the inability to pay off debts to their kings. From the period of the Third Dynasty of Ur, free citizens became slaves because of debts or hunger; impoverished parents were forced to sell their children. In the 1st millennium BC, there existed temple slavery in Babylonia. Among the slaves were prisoners of war, given or bequeathed to the temple, as well as free people: tramps, and children of poor parents, given to temples to be saved from starvation.
The Laws of Hammurabi are a vivid example of that time. These laws legally formalized the existence of a slave-holding system. According to the Code of Hammurabi, not only prisoners of war, but also free people could become slaves. The Code was aimed at protecting slave owners from willful slaves. Only a tiny percentage of laws gave slaves a formal opportunity to gain freedom. The procedure for challenging their slave position took place in court, but should they lose, the consequences for the slave were far from encouraging. According to the laws of the Code, the average price for a slave was 150-250 grams of silver; the same amount was paid for a hired bull.
There are many similar examples in the history of the slave-holding system. In Ancient Judea and in Ancient Egypt, a free human being became a slave as a result of inability to pay off his debts. Slavery was a natural result of poverty. Peasants sold themselves into slavery due to the need for food and shelter, as the life of slaves was valued higher than life of peasants, and was therefore often better.
In other words, extremely unbearable conditions were created for ordinary people, who had no choice but to sell themselves and their family into slavery. The population was left on their own without means for further subsistence. In a selfish society of consumption and profiteering, free existence of a human is devalued as unnecessary and unfavorable for masters. By ceasing to be dependent on his master, a person was losing his commodity value as a slave and gained freedom only technically.
The same happened during the times of indentured slavery, when the label “slave” was replaced with “hired worker”. The value of a hired employee’s life for an owner was often even lower than the life of a slave, as the employee was able to leave. But again, the social conditions for human existence of that time did not give him any guarantees of providing for his vital needs. Accordingly, he could choose either working for and being dependent on his employer, or poverty, hunger, and even death.
If we compare the life of slaves in the past centuries with the modern life of an ordinary human, we can see the same exploitation, poverty, need, oppression, chronic shortage of funds for meeting basic needs, and a constant race for survival. Debt obligations, an actual lack of the right to choose, constant restrictions, high taxes, and at the same time hard work and meager wages — these factors are seen everywhere in modern “free civilized society” for the majority of its population. Equal rights in society often exist only on paper. Freedom that every person vitally needs — something that should actually be one of the main pillars of society, in the consumerist format of relationships is nothing but a skillful tool for lucrative manipulation of the masses by a few individuals.
Despite the altered appearance and loud slogans with the words “democracy”, “freedom” and “independence”, slavery is still maintained today just as it was back in the days of the slave-holding system, only in a camouflaged form. At all times, democracy was presented as a society of free individuals with self-governance by the people, but in actual fact, the reality does not correspond to the pretty label.
The concept of “democracy” originates in Ancient Greece. In the democratic Polis of Athens, the supreme governing body was the so-called “Assembly of citizens”. At that, the ancient Greek society was strictly divided, including on the basis of gender. It had a hierarchical ladder of power. The demos consisted of free male citizens who had civil rights. They were a minority compared to others. The rest of the population was considered inferior. In the understanding of full-fledged male Hellenes, women were creatures of a lower class. Slaves were not regarded as human beings. The privileged part of society gave loans with the debtor himself or land as collateral. The development of commodity and money relations resulted in the emergence of people enslaved for debts. The political democratic system of the ancient state actually corresponded to the slave-holding system with a new pretty label.
State laws of many modern democracies are not just designed to favor the interests of the minority and serve to improve their prosperity, but are also arranged in a way that prevents the majority of the population from correcting and amending these laws. An ordinary citizen has no opportunity to take part in the formation of society and, thus, influence the improvement of his own prosperity and of society as a whole; he cannot repeal laws that are detrimental to people’ lives, safety, and health. Citizens of many countries remain brutally oppressed by high taxes and debt obligations; they have no time to participate in life of the state. Social order in the modern world is established by vigorous expression of the will of just a few individuals and inactivity of the majority of the population. Such a position of silence becomes tacit support of domination of some over others along with delegating them power.
Yet, where is our responsibility? Where is the participation of the entire society for the public benefit, and not just for the benefit of those few individuals? Where is the active position and personal responsibility of each person? Is it not us who will live in the society that we form? However, we are forming it not only by action, but also by inaction. Isn’t this inaction a tacit transfer of responsibility, and thus, a transfer of our rights and freedoms? Where is everyone’s participation? And what should it consist in? What is our alternative of getting out of the dead-end of the consumerist format of relationships?
Since freedom, equal rights and opportunities for each person are excluded in the consumerist format of relationships a priori, then it is necessary to change the very format of human relationships. To date, the only alternative for building a free and fair society peacefully for each of its citizens is building a Creative Society.
The consumerist format of relationships means inevitable division and degradation of society in its limitless consumption with its unavoidable end. The creative format of relationships is a society of unity, freedom, peace, equal rights, and vast opportunities for everyone along with evolution of humanity to an Ideal Society, a society of everyone’s dreams. A Creative society is the only way that can bring humanity out of the dead-end of consumerism and self-destruction.
The pillars of the Creative Society are the 8 Foundations of the Creative Society.
Since in this article we touch upon such a sore topic as freedom and Human rights, it is appropriate to quote the second foundation of the Creative Society — Human Freedom.
The second foundation of the Creative Society:
The Human Freedom
Every human is born with the right to be a Human being. All People are born free and equal. Everyone has the right to choose. There can be no one and nothing on Earth superior to a Human, his freedom and rights. The implementation of Human rights and freedoms must not violate the rights and freedoms of others.
The second foundation, along with the other foundations, reveals to us the entire necessary understanding of the main pillars and guidelines of a free society and the existence of a free human being in it. Slavery, coercion, oppression, humiliation, and limitation of any person have no place in the Creative Society. The life of every Human being acquires the necessary highest value as of a free and equal individual with his rights guaranteed. The value of an individual as a consumerist commodity of a slave or a thing, that has been imposed for centuries, is removed.
Every person in the Creative Society is guaranteed to gain freedom and a lot of opportunities. Nowadays, to survive, many people have to step on other people’s toes. And even if one succeeds in raising a little capital, no one has a guarantee that tomorrow he will not lose it and all his years of work will not fade into oblivion, and he will be left with nothing. This will not be the case in the Creative Society. Every person has the right at birth to have their basic needs, housing, food, high-quality medicine, and necessary education provided for. Everyone’s rights and freedoms are preserved and valued by society. If desired, everyone can take part in the governing of society, having the absolute right to do so on an equal footing with everyone else, taking on personal responsibility towards all people. All members of society will be able to take part in the formation of public laws, in their amendment or abolition.
In the age of scientific and technological progress, when such a technology as the Internet appeared, which can bring together many people from all over the world, accomplishing all of the above mentioned is absolutely realistic. The World Wide Web allows us to create the necessary conditions for making joint decisions by the whole society, informing the entire humanity, and if necessary, contributes to the rapid consolidation of people around the world.
People need freedom! It is an essential factor for their normal existence and their healthy development. The freedom and equality in society open up opportunities for internal discovery of the best qualities of every human being, for individual personal growth, and for creation for the benefit of that very society. This creates an impetus for the necessary evolutionary development of society. Only the creative vector of events development will finally allow everyone, whose oxygen supply has been interrupted by the consumerist system, taking them off the rails of balance and stability, to take a deep breath and feel solid ground under their feet.
You will say it is impossible to create such a society, right? Isn’t this opinion imposed on your thinking by those who do not benefit from your freedom? Isn’t this restriction an actual lever of controlling us? Two terrible things have been done to humankind: they have separated our united family because it is easier to manage us this way, and they have imposed slave psychology on the masses. But our strength is in unity, and it is in freedom! If people choose the Creative Society in deeds and not in words, nothing and no one can take away their freedom; their rights will never be trampled again!
Inside, everyone understands that creating such a society is possible, realistic and vitally important. Everyone dreams of such a free and beautiful life! In the Creative Society, freedom and equality will be the actual reality of all people. This will inevitably lead to evolution, thus creating necessary conditions for attaining an Ideal Society. Only consolidation of all people around one creative goal will make everyone’s dream of a happy and peaceful life real and achievable. A Creative Society is a free society with equal opportunities for all; it provides the real right of choice and guarantees a free and safe life for all of us.
In fact, building a Creative Society is absolutely simple if everyone who understands this vital necessity takes an active part in the implementation of this global initiative of all people.
We can do it together by creating, uniting and consolidating! People just need to stop shifting responsibility for their own destiny and the destiny of all humanity, to take the situation into their own hands, to stop listening to empty promises and to unite with like-minded caring people in creative positive peaceful actions already now. We are all born equal! It is in everyone’s power to make the maximum effort to restore true freedom to ourselves and to all humanity by building a new format of relationships. We are all one society, one humanity, and one family. Today, we have a real chance to revive in equality and brotherhood a universal human family which was once lost. Finding ourselves, as humankind, before the choice between life and death, the answer is obvious: everyone wants to live!
There is no life without freedom, there is no freedom without equality, and there is no equality without a Creative Society where every Human being is valuable! True equality, freedom, and individual fulfillment are possible only in a Creative Society. This is the only way for all of us. A Creative Society is the only way for you, your friends and family and all of humanity to survive, to get rid of the burden of slavery and gain the long-awaited freedom. The choice is yours!