Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Happy Passover

Consent of the Governed wishes all who celebrate Passover a healthy and happy holiday. As the story of the Exodus from Egypt is retold, we should remember that people throughout the centuries have yearned to be free from tyranny and oppression.

Tyranny and slavery exists when we are subject to the will of another, and oft times we are slaves of our own making as well. The need to be free is innate in humans and indeed we hold an inherent need for liberty. The Exodus was not just about allowing slaves to leave Egypt, it was about G-d and Man's rejection of Man's subjugation of other Men, but there is also another message.

Throughout history we have seen the rejection of the notion that rulers and kings and governments have divine and unlimited power over others. There have been numerous wars and conflicts waged to establish and preserve the freedom and dignity of every individual.

We can also be slaves of the entities and ideas that Man has built. We can be slaves to the taxes we are forced to pay - we can be slaves to the debts we have accrued - and we can be slaves to laws which we establish, be they just or unjust. We can be slaves to our own habits and desires as well.

Today's message should be that we each strive to disentangle ourselves from the things that enslave us.

"A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him" -- Ezra Pound