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Discussion: Censorship & History

Before I can get into this post first I feel called to break apart and examine these words that have been on my mind a lot lately. What do they even mean? Where did they come from? What can I learn about them that I didn’t already know? The answer was A LOT. Let me tell you what I’ve found because it honestly blew my mind.

Liberty is defined as “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views.

Legal Definition of liberty

1a: freedom from external (as governmental) restraint, compulsion, or interference in engaging in the pursuits or conduct of one's choice to the extent that they are lawful and not harmful to others

b: enjoyment of the rights enjoyed by others in a society free of arbitrary or unreasonable limitation or interference

2: freedom from physical restraint

3: freedom from subjection to the will of another claiming ownership or services

4: RIGHT” [1]

“History and Etymology for liberty

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French liberté, from Latin libertat-, libertas, from liber free — more at LIBERAL” [1]

“Synonyms for liberty

Synonyms: Noun

alternative, choice, discretion, druthers [dialect], election, option, pick, preference, selection, volition, way“ [1]



Freedom is defined as: “the quality or state of being free: such as

a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action

b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : INDEPENDENCE

c: the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous…” [2]

Legal Definition of freedom

1: the quality or state of being free: as

a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action

b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another

c: the quality or state of being exempt or released from something onerous

2a: a political or civil right

b: a constitutional or statutory right” [2]

FREEDOM has a broad range of application from total absence of restraint to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated. // freedom of the press // LIBERTY suggests release from former restraint or compulsion. // the released prisoner had difficulty adjusting to his new liberty //” [1][2]

“Synonyms of freedom

autonomy, independence, independency, liberty, self-determination, self-governance, self-government, sovereignty (also sovranty)” [2]

History and Etymology for free

Adjective, Adverb, and Verb

Middle English, from Old English frēo; akin to Old High German frī free, Welsh rhydd, Sanskrit priya own, dear” [1]


Pursuit of happiness is defined as “An inalienable right enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, in addition to life and liberty; the right to pursue any legal activity as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.” [3]

Censorship is defined as “the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.” [4]

Legal Definition of censorship

: the institution, system, or practice of censoring— compare FREEDOM OF SPEECH, PRIOR RESTRAINT” [5]









The inscription on the Liberty Bell reads “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof" which is a quote from the King James version of the Bible from Leviticus 25:10, which was speaking instructions to the Israelites to return property and free slaves every 50 years. It was picked to go on the Liberty Bell by Issac Norris (Speaker of PA Assembly – 1751) which had been ordered to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Pennsylvania’s original constitution (William Penn’s 1701 “Charter of Privileges”). The “Charter of Privileges” was very forward-thinking and took a liberal stance on Native American rights and the inclusion of citizens in enacting laws. The Liberty Bell was originally cast in 1751 by the Whitechapel Foundry in London, but after arriving in Philadelphia it cracked on the first ring John Stow and John Pass (local metalworkers) recast the bell (twice). The bell was used for calling the lawmakers and the citizens who wished to participate in the lawmaking, and it endured heavy use for nearly 90 years before the crack first appeared. An attempt to repair the bell was made on Feb 23 1846 but the repair was ultimately unsuccessful. The Philadelphia Public Ledger wrote on Feb 26 1846 that the Liberty Bell had rung it’s last clear note on Monday morning, in honor of George Washington’s birthday, and by noon a 2nd crack had appeared – running from the abbreviation for “Philadelphia” up through the word “Liberty” – and silenced the Liberty Bell to the point where none alive today have heard its truest ring with the clapper. Supposedly the Liberty Bell is not struck at all anymore to preserve it.



The Liberty Bell was mostly forgotten about until around 1900 where it was used by the civil rights movement to symbolically support women’s voting rights. And again in 1963 (African American civil rights movement) during Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech “I have a dream” where he said, “let freedom ring” (11 times). [10] The powerful energy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that the Liberty Bell is here to offer us is unlimited I’m feeling, and it’s here calling out for us to tap into it if we so choose.


What I personally find interesting is the hidden message behind why the crack is going from “Philadelphia” and “liberty” on the actual bell (because I follow the teachings from the Emerald Tablet “as within, so without” – it’s worth examining at the very least), and I have a bunch of information I stumbled across as well as some theories that I’m going to explain below.

The city of Philadelphia has an interesting history which includes the fact that it was the 2nd capital city for the United States of America. In 1789 the capital was in New York City, in 1792 it moved to Philadelphia, and moved again in 1800-1801. Why did it move so much? I looked a bit deeper and I found out that in 1783 the government was really broke from fighting in the British-American war and that they hadn’t been paying the federal troops. Frustrated and unpaid soldiers marched to Congress and locked the lawmakers out of their building on a day when they were supposed to meet and deliberate on the issues around lack of funds. Congress sent Alexander Hamilton to negotiate and sent a letter asking the Pennsylvania militia to come protect the lawmakers but the Pennsylvania government refused. The lawmakers ran away to Princeton because they were terrified for their safety and from 1783 to 1790 congress were basically nomadic and had to meet all over the country because they were afraid of their own people… hm. Interesting. That’s not all though.


By 1785 Congress was able to get a temporary foothold and set up a nice spot in New York City to conduct business and they proceeded to inaugurate George Washington as the first president, have the first assembly of congress, and draft up the Bill of Rights. Then by 1787 the constitution gave congress the authority to pick a new place to put the capital (from New York City), and eventually they came up with a compromise to have Philadelphia be the temporary capital while the permanent one was built in today’s Washington D.C. (back then it was Maryland and Virginia). The war with England left American states in debt, and the promise of a new federal government swooping in to absorb all that debt was enticing – it meant that the wealthy regions of America would be paying the debt of the financially challenged areas. Alexander Hamilton and John Madison worked together to pass both a funding act that would help the federal government absorb all the state debt, as well as something called the Residence Act, which moved the capital to modern day Washington D.C.. The argument against keeping the capital in Philadelphia was it was “too sympathetic to the slavery abolitionists” [6] (because abolishing slavery is somehow bad?) so to “appease the pro-slavery”[6] regions they compromised on taking land from Maryland and Virginia (which never made sense to me anyway – there’s not a “fair” way to make a capital city). “Philadelphia had ten years to convince Congress that it was better suited to be the capital, but the 1793 Yellow fever endemic raised doubts over the safety of this state.” [6] The yellow fever what? Stay with me here, it gets better.


“During the hot, humid summer of 1793, thousands of Philadelphians got horribly sick, suffering from fevers and chills, jaundiced skin, stomach pains and vomit tinged black with blood.

By the end of August, as more and more people began dying from this mysterious affliction, wealthier residents of the nation’s capital were fleeing in droves. The city’s free black community, meanwhile, largely stayed behind and many were enlisted to help care for the sick.” [7]

“However the disease had arrived, Philadelphians in 1793 desperately sought to avoid getting it. They began keeping their distance from each other and avoided shaking hands. They covered their faces with handkerchiefs dipped in vinegar or smoked tobacco, which they thought would prevent them from breathing in contaminated air.” [7] (They didn’t know what caused yellow fever; some said it was refugees from Haiti, and some thought it was pollution and unsanitary conditions in the city itself.)

“…however, and yellow fever continued to spread. By the time it subsided in November 1793, the disease had killed 5,000 people, or about one-tenth of Philadelphia’s population at the time, and infected hundreds of thousands of others. Despite extensive research on the disease in the decades that followed the epidemic, it would take more than a century—and a savage outbreak among troops fighting the Spanish-American War—before Dr. Walter Reed proved in 1900 that mosquitoes carried yellow fever.” [7]



To bring that back around after a detour into the history of yellow fever, that summer caused a seed of doubt to be planted into the minds of the people about the safety and security of Philadelphia as the nation’s capital. The wealthy fled, the doctors fled, the former president George Washington fled, and a tenth of the city’s population died and they did horrible horrible treatments for it (I left that out but cited the source if you want to look) which none really worked because – as I just googled to find out… there is no known cure for yellow fever to this day, and medications only manage the symptoms. Symptoms began like the flu and eventually progressed to yellowing of the skin, and other severe or deadly symptoms are possible. But this matters in the context of Philadelphia and our capital significantly, like some outside influence does not want us to connect our roots to true history (which I think Philadelphia metaphorically represents) and how we have lost touch with true liberty (hence my theory on the 2nd crack and why it runs through those 2 words).

To me the capital city of Washington D.C. is “inverted”/”false light”/”fishy”/”suspicious” and I do know that on Feb 21 1871 (after the Civil War) the Bankers (Rothschilds) bought America because, once again, we were broke. That was the day we stopped being a country, and we became a corporation owned by outside forces. [8] A 2nd illegal constitution was signed into law against the will of the people, and it turned us all into Babylonian money slaves. [8][9] So that’s the bad news, that we’ve been tricked, brainwashed, gaslighted, emotionally abused, and a plethora of other things by the outside world around us… The good news is we are starting to see it and question it, and even find some things to do about it…




For me personally, the way I am coping with my changing reality is by learning about myself through the stars, the planet, the animals, the people and things around me – they all mirror back different aspects of my own being (or possible being). I’m trying to go within more; be with my own feelings, my own thoughts and opinions, my own trauma and pain, and just accept whatever part of the journey I’m currently finding myself in. (Why does any of that matter? How is finding oneself going to better the world? Isn’t that just a waste of time? Shouldn’t we all just go out and deal with real world problems with tangible solutions only? – all these questions pop into my head at once) The Emerald Tablet is a very ancient stone tablet with engravings on it and it’s the founding artifact for the Hermetic tradition which was highly regarded by European alchemists. The tablet claims it is written by Hermes Trismegistus (who is a combination of Greek Hermes and Egyptian Thoth) and it was translated by Sir Issac Newton:

“Tis true without lying, certain and most true. That which is below is like that which is above and that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracle of one only thing And as all things have been and arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation. The Sun is its father, the moon its mother, the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth is its nurse. The father of all perfection in the whole world is here. Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth. Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry. It ascends from the earth to the heaven and again it descends to the earth and receives the force of things superior and inferior. By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world and thereby all obscurity shall fly from you. Its force is above all force, for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing. So was the world created. From this are and do come admirable adaptations where of the means is here in this. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist [sic], having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished and ended.”[11]





It has been proposed that the Emerald Tablet could be explaining to us how to use the quantum paradigm that we are hoping to shift into as the old paradigm shifts away. But that is a whole separate rabbit hole, meant for a different time. It matters to look at things that I notice, and to question them, and to feel however I feel inside – and then use my inner compass/intuition/liberty to take the right steps that will be in alignment with the future I want to co-create once I begin to unlock more of the secrets of the Self. That is what "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" stands for to me.




















Sources:

https://www.macmillandictionaryblog.com/liberty

“liberty,” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liberty. Accessed 12/9/2020. [1]

“freedom,” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liberty. Accessed 12/9/2020. [2]

https://www.yourdictionary.com/pursuit-of-happiness ; [3]

https://languages.oup.com/google-dictionary-en/ ; [4]

“censorship,” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censorship. Accessed 12/9/2020. [5]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKIU5q_ch6w&ab_channel=ChrisAugustin

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https://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/historyculture/stories-libertybell.htm#:~:text=The%20Liberty%20Bell's%20inscription%20is,free%20slaves%20every%2050%20years.

https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/when-and-why-was-the-united-states-capital-moved-to-washington-dc.html [6]

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https://www.history.com/news/yellow-fever-outbreak-philadelphia ; [7]

https://youtu.be/kQkuXui8jI4 ; [8]

http://winant.faculty.soc.ucsb.edu/Babylon_System.html ; [9]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJYG5gRMYEk&ab_channel=DavidC.Johnson ; [10]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerald_Tablet#:~:text=The%20original%20source%20of%20the,Latin%20in%20the%20twelfth%20century. [11]

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_d%27%C3%A9meraude ; [12]

http://www.1776americandream.com/liberty-bell/

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