Friday, May 19, 2006

Life Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness

I've read quite a few blogs in the past couple of days refering to freedom of speech, censorship, certain rights in our personal lives and how they supposedly don't overlap with our chosen professions and I figured I would share my thoughts on a potentially touchy subject.

It seems a certain blogger, under cease-and-desist orders from his employer, will no longer be posting a personal blog and it has stirred many a debate. Let me state that I'm very new to the blogging world and yes I have read the above mentioned blogger but I am in no way commenting on him personally, his situation will be used merely as an example of my thoughts on freedom of speech.

Quite simply, the blogger in question was given absolute freedom; he was allowed to choose whether or not to continue with his personal blog or whether to seek other employment. He apparently chose the job.

Freedom is given to us through choices, tens of millions over a lifetime, and what we do with those choices and the consequences there within shapes us as people and gives us the true level of freedom we desire.

If I choose to work for someone else I most definitely give up a tremendous amount of freedom which I wouldn't nearly give up if I chose to work for myself. But my decision might be based on knowing I'll get a check every week instead of the uncertainty of having to build my own business and not getting paid regularly so I'll trade certain freedoms for that security.

If I choose to get married and have children I most definitely give up a tremendous amount of freedom I could have if I choose to stay single. But again I give up certain freedoms in exchange for possible security.

There are millions of examples, debt or liquid, live in Florida or Nevada, play poker or golf, drive a $50K SUV that gets 10mpg or drive a hybrid that gets 100mpg, that factor in my freedom. My choices determine my level of freedom.

Is it wrong that the a certain bloggers employer made him give up his website? I think not, as the choice was given, no different than if the boss called him in and said I love your work but we can only afford to pay you 50% of your current salary and it starts immediately. He is not forced to take the pay cut and he is not forced to take down his website, he merely chooses on two different levels, security or freedom.

There are many employer/employee examples from as minor as dress code to a major as exploitation that can be solved rather easily; quit and get a new job. Again choices.

Now I'm neither right nor wrong in this great debate but fortunately, through my choices, I have the freedom to express myself through this blog. And whomever might read this has, provided they don't have some form of censorship from a workplace firewall, the freedom to agree or disagree with any of my thoughts.

Bottom line is I cherish freedom. I live where I want, I worked for myself, I do not have any children, I'm liquid, I'm taking on the challenge of playing poker professionally and I have this all because of my freedom of choice. And yes I wake up every single day with a smile on my face because life to me is about the pursuit of happiness and man is my live wonderful!

I didn't play any poker today.

7 Comments:

At 8:49 AM, Blogger Kipper said...

I was wondering if you moved to Vegas to play poker. I was not sure what your situation was exactly...

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Tom aka 10,000 Days said...

Wow. If this employer asked the blogger to discontinue his blog and he was not posting it from work or about specific work things, there is something really wrong there. I'd be willing to bet that is not legal.

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger GoHogs21 said...

Nice post, good thoughts...Are you a writer, if not, you may have missed your calling...

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger iamhoff said...

Nicely stated, Don. Attitudes like yours are why freedom will prevail, despite the employers of a certain blogger whose junk has (according to claims, not my personal knowledge) been thrice confirmed as "huge". Details not of the junk but the blogger attached to the junk can be found at www.snailtrax.net

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger Iakaris aka I.A.K. said...

For whatever its worth, I've read said blogger's exploits for a while (and mentally stuck my head on his body in that Awesome pic from the Mansion). I also work with guys in his line. If I found out that my rep was a bracelet-wielding rockstar I'd have been MORE inclined, not less, to hang with him! How fundamentally uncool of his corporate employers...what a shock. But you are right, it's a choice...

 
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