Renee Iseli - Smits in Lifestyle, beBee in English, Social Work Moderator • ProCap Switzerland Jul 23, 2020 · 2 min read · 1.5K

I want to break free

I want to break free

Reading Fay Vietmeiers post BREAKING FREE recently, immediately an association came to my mind.
In 1984 The band Queen launched a hit with the single «I want to break free».
This song talks about someone who feels trapped in a relationship and wants to ‘break free’ of the lover. Here is some of the lyrics to show:

I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You're so self satisfied I don't need you
I've got to break free
God knows, God knows I want to break free

But life still goes on
I can't get used to living without, living without
Living without you by my side
I don't want to live alone, hey
God knows, got to make it on my own

So baby can't you see
I've got to break free


Although the song was originally intended to be a male perspective of the women’s liberation movement, it was then taken on as somewhat of an anthem for one’s own personal freedom for a person who finds his/herself in a situation where he/she feels repressed and wants to ‘break free’ of his/her circumstances and to show the person that he/she really is.
Unfortunately, the song became most known by its video, all band members dressed up as women, an idea which came actually from one of the band members girlfriend and was meant as a parody to the women in the British soap series Coronation Street. The band, having done some serious, epic videos in the past, wanted to have some fun and wanted the people to know that they could still laugh at themselves.
The video became a hit, but not in the US. Some got offended by the dressing up as women and seeing the video as an empowerment to transvestites and, coupled with Freddy Mercury›s bisexuality, the video proved too controversial in the US and was even banned on MTV.

Now, Breaking free does not necessarily mean to me literally leaving everything behind. You can break free by clearing your mind, release your mind (and body, if needed), from things as stress, blockage, negativity and captivity as well. This can be done by techniques as meditation, yoga and/or by focussing on positive thoughts/things (without the «Tsjakka» feeling though ;-)).
A huge and well-known example to this personal belief, is someone who went from violent protests into captivity for many years, who kept his free spirits despite his endurance, got the courage to change his opinion on violence, got physically free eventually and even became president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

In her post, Fay mentions God as a formula that leads to freedom: “More of God ~ less of me”.
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The “desire-ability” to apply the formula will result in being God-centered instead of self-centered.»

Personally, I respectfully disagree. As a historian, I am very conscious that religions, in the name of God, have in the past brought (and sometimes still do) the very opposite of freedom for many people.
Here I can't share the view of most religions that, for example, people of different sexual orientation are not accepted at all, as a way to freedom. And how can some strict religious rules be considered as a formula to freedom? In an afterlife maybe, but not on here in this earthly world.
Now, being very personal at that, I do consider «God» as being apart (or above as you like) from whatever Church or religion. Churches and religions are made by and for people, with all its flaws and good sides.
Even if I were to choose to see God as a universal, all-encompassing form of love and freedom (which I actually do), I would still be left with the dilemma of all the misery in this world: the famines, the wars and so on. How can this be a path to freedom, if God accepts all this?

I am aware that this last question will arouse even more questions or discussions. Please feel free to join this topic in a serious and respectful way, because it is not my intention to offend any religion or believes, just to share some thoughts.



Fay Vietmeier Jul 30, 2020 · #28

#27 @Renee Iseli - Smits
Yes... questions are the path to answers.
My inclination is to question just about everything ;~)
My son calls me the "queen of questions"
to which I respond: then you must be the prince of answers (this is usually met with resistance ;~)

I have learned what a gift curiosity is.
I'll share these 2 great quotes:
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately CURIOUS” ~ Albert Einstein

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." Albert Einstein

A concluding thought:
As Vince Vitali says in that article:
... the challenge of suffering is in part a challenge of perspective, and it’s important to remember that our current perspective is not the full perspective.”
Life is a journey.
Faith is a journey ... much aided by growing spiritually.
Life is a sowing & reaping.
Sow what you want to harvest.

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Renee Iseli - Smits Jul 30, 2020 · #27

#26 @Fay Vietmeier you are certainly right Fay, there are indeed no easy answers to hard questions. Yet, that doesn't mean stop asking those questions, right?
Thank you for this interesting discussion and I hope there will follow some more.

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Fay Vietmeier Jul 27, 2020 · #26

#25 @Renee Iseli - Smits
Renee~
I do not think that there are EASY answers to HARD questions.
As I mentioned earlier:
When I lack answers: I always say “I don’t know the answer but I know the One who does.” ... and I trust Him.
Only trust those who are trustworthy. Discernment is required.

... Who can know the mind of God? ...
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As "the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55)
... Who can understand His plan to redeem & restore mankind? Why it unfolds as it does.
... Why DID God create man knowing he would rebel ... disobey? Fall? Suffer? Die?
(The first book in the Bible I read is Job- a rich example of suffering) Timeless lessons.

... Why did Christ have to die on the cross?
https://activechristianity.org/jesus-die-cross

Another thought on suffering:
... “because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” ~ Romans 5

Resources:
(Book-pdf) Why Suffering? Razi Zacharias & Vince Vitali
https://www.pdfdrive.com/why-suffering-e196373157.html
Article by Vince Vitali (worth reading)
Link: Also contains a You tube series on this subject
https://www.zachariastrust.org/if-god-why-suffering

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Renee Iseli - Smits Jul 27, 2020 · #25

@Fay Vietmeier You mention Trust, Faith, Gratitude. Well, with Gratitude I agree completely. But Trust and Faith, I struggle with. All religions, Cults and so forth are stressing to their followers to have Faith and Trust, especially when you have doubts. But, theoretically here, when someone I don't know tells me to trust or to have faith in him/her, I can't help but to get a little "suspicious". Why would I do that?
And why would He allow His Son to suffer for mankind, yet allowing so much misery, war and famine among exactly that mankind? Personally, here the Bible, with all respect, doesn't help me out.
You see ... lots of questions to be asked and answered ;-)

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Fay Vietmeier Jul 26, 2020 · #24

@Renee Iseli - Smits
(continued)
Hebrews 5:7-9
"During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him ...

Allow me to say that there are many unanswered questions set before humanity
(even faithful believers have unanswered questions ... this is the point of faith)
When I lack answers: I always say “I don’t know the answer but I know the One who does.”
... faith is what is what we cannot see ... faith is what is yet to be.

3 encouragements that help me ... when I simply don’t understand:
Trust. Faith. Gratitude.

Who can know the mind of God? Who can understand His plan to redeem & restore mankind?
Why DID God create man knowing he would rebel ... disobey? Fall? Suffer? Die?
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55)

Another thought on suffering:
... “because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5

(I hope you read my comments to Ken & John ... some of those thoughts extend here)

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Fay Vietmeier Jul 26, 2020 · #23

#22 @Renee Iseli - Smits
(my apology for the delay in answering ... I was pondering)
What a deep question you ask Renee.
“If God is love, how can he accept the wars, the famine and misery in the world?"
You say: The Churches respond with this "it strengthens human kind"
I can understand your comment: this is “not satisfying”
(throughout human history answers have been offered by the greatest philosophers & thinkers ... but human opinion, at best, is still human opinion)
Why does God allow human suffering? (wars, famine, misery) These conditions seem to call into question His character.
As I pondered your question ...
My thoughts took me to Hebrews 2 & Hebrews 5
(I really encourage reading all of those Chapters to place in better context.)
Christ was “made perfect through suffering”
Now I can’t fully understand this ... for Christ would seem “perfect” already - in that he committed no sin.
... “he had to be made like His brothers in every way”
... “that he might make atonement for the sins of the people
... “because He himself (Christ) suffered”

Hebrews 2
10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says,
“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
in the assembly I will sing your praises.”
13 And again,
“I will put my trust in him.”
And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

(part 1)

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Renee Iseli - Smits Jul 25, 2020 · #22

@Fay Vietmeier Fay, again thank you for participating in this discussion. Yet, I miss your response on my question "If God is love, how can he accept the wars, the famine and misery in the world?" The Churches respond with this "it strengthens human kind", but this is not satisfying to me. How is your view on this?

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Renee Iseli - Smits Jul 25, 2020 · #21

@Nick Mlatchkov, your comment suggests to me that you didn't read the post properly or maybe not at all. The content of this post is not about news on Queen, but a reaction to another post with the subject breaking free (from @Fay Vietmeier). Queen just features, because the song crossed my mind by responding to this other post. The topic is about Free will.

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