Freedom is a road seldom travelled by the multitude
At this moment, this is how I feel. I have my first Covid-19 vaccination booked for tomorrow. You will be reading this after the needle has pierced my shoulder, but I feel I want to let you know my thoughts.
Thank You NHS & the volunteers
Thank you, NHS. This national saviour has already rescued me from the clutches of the grim reaper twice before now. Maybe the two events were not my time to go, so I stuck around to be one of the minions in this pandemic. I waited patiently for my turn to be called up and offered an opportunity by my local Surgery. This I gladly accepted. I stayed safe, waiting for the moment to get my text message, which allowed me to follow the link to arrange the shot. Yes, I went out for regular fitness and, on occasion, took the bull by the horns and faced my fears but braving the supermarket to get necessities. I couldn’t go out anywhere else as I was in charge of homeschooling. I’ll tell you about that another day, maybe in 10 years, when the results will be in!
Ok. It’s been a worry, and not just for me, but for everyone. Some people don’t believe in it, think it’s rubbish, conspiracy theory – the Illuminati cleansing the planet? Or is it the planet repairing itself from the destruction, us humans, the most intelligent species, lucky enough to live on this mass of magma, basalt, and granite, spinning in space at 1000 miles an hour, have done? Slashing, slaying, eradicating plants and animals, poisoning Oceans, exterminating our fellow man….Why?
Freedom is a Road Seldom Travelled by the Multitude. The first time I heard this statement, I was 12. I had just bought “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back” by Public Enemy on Vinyl at Our Price in town. Playing it on the house record player downstairs and when everyone was out. I possibly transferred it to tape? I recall playing it in my small box room, where I slept. It had no space for a gramophone. I didn’t know what it meant, but it had an inkling from the genre of other lyrics on the album. My most favourite track was Fight the Power. I felt the song had power, potential, meaning.
Now that I have internet access, I found out the author of this quote. I think he may have used it in a different context than how I interpreted it. I probably could have found this information at the local Library. At the time, I didn’t. I can only think of one reason why?
I interpreted this to be “Very few people get to walk the road that can lead to their freedom, to their independence”.
With access to this super-fast highway of information at my fingertips. I found out that Frederick Douglass was the author. Douglass lived between February 1818 – February 1895 in America and became a national leader after escaping slavery. He was a firm believer in all peoples’ equality, be they white, black, female, Native American, or Chinese immigrants. He was also a believer in dialogue and in making alliances across racial and ideological divides. As well as in the liberal values of the U.S. Constitution.
Older and wiser, I think I understand?
I think I now understand the original meaning of this declaration.
Freedom is a road seldom travelled by the multitude. A man is worked upon by what he works on. He may carve out his circumstances, but his circumstances will carve him out as well. Those who profess to favour freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without ploughing up the ground.
Thanks to modern science and the bravery of volunteers and, of course, the NHS, hopefully, we will get through this?… And Wheelchair Training can resume!