Monday, March 29, 2010

Happy Passover!

Consent of the Governed wishes all who celebrate Passover, beginning sundown tonight, 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. That is still very true today. We still fight to preserve our freedom both in the world in which we live as well as within ourselves.

At the Passover Seder we recount the story of the Exodus from Egypt, and throughout the week we reflect on how we can free ourselves from some of our own modern day and sometimes self imposed slavery. Slavery comes in many forms. Aside from the obvious possibility of living in freedom versus tyranny with respect to those who govern us and make our laws, we can be slaves on a more personal and internal level. We can be slaves to those to whom we owe something. We can be slaves to our past. We can be slaves to our own bad habits and vices. We can be slaves to our impulses and we can be slaves to time and technology. We can be slaves to our bank account or our credit card bills. We can be slaves to our wants and desires.

Passover gives us a space and some time to think about what we must do to make our own personal Exodus from the things that enslave us.

"Liberty is rendered even more precious by the recollection of servitude." ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die." ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower