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Norman Rockwell - 4 freedoms

Here we are at Thanksgiving time in the USA and the frenzy of wanting and Shiny Objects is all around us as though it is part of the air pressure and atmospheric reality.

I am drawing back to thinking about President Roosevelt’s (FDR) moving speech about the 4 Freedoms during the Great Depression.

FDR’s 4 Freedoms:

Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Worship
Freedom from Fear
Freedom from Want

The American Artist Normal Rockwell was so moved by this speech he did 4 paintings to express these freedoms and they toured the country giving hope to all who gave them witness.

I would just like to say that FDR’s and Rockwell’s word WANT was less about the current LUST for things and money and more about the freedom of being relieved of this wanting burden and having the basic things that we need.

There is coziness to his family scene but not a great many doodads and decorations.  The family pictured is grateful for the food, which they are about to receive and be filled and renewed.  There is no “perfect” wine choice in evidence and no brine paste or froofah!   It is just basic thanks giving and freedom from want.

I am hoping that we will celebrate Thanksgiving this year with a freedom from want… at least a freedom from lusting after things and perfection  – the insignificant.

Maybe we could take a look at the basic wants of our lives and search for meaning and value instead?

What does Freedom for Want mean to you?

Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating in the USA!

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Thu, November 24 2011 » Inspiration

4 Responses

  1. rob November 25 2011 @ 11:02 am

    Nice post! Napoleon Hill was FDR’s personal advisor. Hill actually wrote the contents of this speech for FDR. Roosevelt was a fabulous inspirer, but often fell into depression. Their relationship was a very interesting one.

    What does ‘Freedom from want’ mean to me? It means the ability to aspire higher, and climb to the heights of these aspirations without old NO’s from my past sabotaging my journey. Thanks for asking? blessings

  2. tom November 25 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    Hi Rob,
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I did not know the relationship between Hill and FDR – good to learn new things.

    I find it interesting the connection too between depression and inspirations

    Oh those OLD NOs are such tricky saboteurs of all our potential gratitude and joy

  3. Jenny Ann Fraser November 25 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    I am in the middle of reading “Shiny Objects” right now.
    Recently, I was asking myself the question, “what are the most important things in my life?”
    The answers were things that I am already doing, that cost little or nothing. Having more material possessions would ultimately take me away from these goals.
    Freedom from want for me would be freedom from wanting the things I really need but can’t afford. Namely, dental care and always knowing that I’ll have enough to make it to the end of the month. Stuff usually just turns into time and energy consuming clutter.
    Thank you for a thought-provoking post!!

  4. Deborah May 25 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    Sometimes we put an anthropomorphic cacshaterirtic on the USA. Some see it as this entity, when in fact it is nothing more than you, me and the rest of us residing here.The internet particularly has served to divide this country often times. Giving sides a free media source to flame, torch and otherwise divide this nation. Look at our leaders. Any ideas from either side are met with quick rejection and immediate public condemnation.We give no one a chance, save our own sides, and we seek to destroy ideas not consistent with our own, rather than work towards a mutual compromise.The flag of our country represents unity the blue field from which we work, and the stars and stripes representing the states and colonies from which we evolved.I hope that each one of us can take the concept of united we stand, divided we fall and convince other to work together to find solutions to our country’s ills .for together is the only way we can save our nation in the long-term. Else, someday we will break up, or cause another civil war, much as we went through years ago Remember and never forget those who fought side by side not only to protect our nation, but those that fought to keep it whole Peace

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