I just finished watching the latest Captain America movie, and it got me thinking about freedom. I will not ruin it for those who haven’t seen it. Freedom can mean different things to different people. There is financial freedom. There is freedom from being scared. There is freedom from abuse. Do we give up our freedom to feel safe? In a word, yes. The feeling of being safe is just as much an illusion as freedom itself. Ever since man has been left to his own device, evil has been around. Ban guns or give everyone guns, evil will still exist. My idea of freedom is being able to live without answering to anyone but God (in the end). I will never see that. I give up my freedom to live where I do and how I do. I sold my freedom for money to buy things. It makes me hate myself a little, but I take comfort that everyone else is in the same boat. It doesn’t make it right, but it help keeps the illusion.