**(Kudos to ‘WChildBlog‘ for bringing this to our attention…)
How many of us have ever wondered aloud about living more simple, less cluttered lives? Regardless of one’s motivation, regardless of whether any of us would actually CHOOSE it for ourselves, living without mankind’s modern “conveniences” does have a certain allure.
As long as we’re not hurting others, isn’t such a decision is up to us? In a free society, isn’t that our choice to make?
And if it’s not, then how free ARE we, …really?
So after this initial article on Fox4 News came out, Cape Coral’s city code enforcement officers showed up and proclaimed Robin Speronis’ house to be “unfit” for human habitation.
Did she have rats? No. Was she mixing dangerous chemicals that could potentially hurt others? No. Did she owe the city money? Again, no.
Admittedly, she’s selected a path few would follow. With all of our modern conveniences, it is tempting and all-too easy for most of us to get spoiled: cable, wi-fi, DirectTV, and home theater systems abound today. Even the most basic conveniences (electricity, running water, refrigerators, dishwasher, microwave, DVD player, gas stove, washer/dryer, etc.,...) were once unthinkable luxuries or only found in science fiction.
Yet people did live, quite happily, without what most of us would term ‘necessities’. And they not only lived, they flourished.
Those days were tougher, and more challenging, but they were also substantially freer.
And there’s the trade-off: FREEDOM. Do we now live in a country where your freedom is now at the whim and pleasure of whatever your local municipality says it is? Are “unalienable rights” just words, to be trotted-out and dusted-off before the annual fireworks display? Or do they actually mean something, and have a tangible impact on how we’re “allowed” to conduct our lives?
Personally, I like to think we still live in a free country. I like to believe that the United States is still what Ronald Reagan famously termed “a shining city on a hill“.
Yet in an age filled with IRS targeting, NSA eavesdropping, soda and light bulb bans, drones in the sky, state-controlled health care and now this, …what I like to think and what I actually think are increasingly becoming two very different things.