The history of "Freimann"
;-) Part 3
The History of "Freimann" (Freeman)
It starts in the early 16th century.
It is the history of slavery and its end.
In the beginning, ruthless slave traders brought slaves
from Africa to America.
American culture, young and rootless then,
was depending on the work of slaves for almost 500 years.
The slaves in America naturally had no names -- why should they?
They were deprived of their identities,
their clans and families had been ripped apart or blotted out,
their cultural backgrounds buried...
they were lowered to the level of robots, mechanical tools.
They weren't allowed to marry or to have any social relationships
-- except one: the submission under their masters' omnipotence.
Their kids were taken away from them,
as these kids were just considered to be a commodity, too.
A slave had no name.
Instead, he was given a biblical forename like Joshua or Hiob
-- according to their masters' hypocritical religiousness.
And he was marked in the name of his owner
-- Smith, Anderson or Miller --
sometimes by the whip, sometimes by red-hot iron.
Then, slowly but unwavering,
a new conception of the world and man forced its way:
humanism and beginning enlightenment.
And with its starting point in Germany,
bondage and slavery was more and more abolished
all over the world.
Eventually, the idea that all man are equal
reached the United States of America, too.
And so, in the middle of the last century,
they did away with slavery as a legalized economical enterprise.
The slaves were released into some still dubious freedom.
"What is your name, black man?"
"I dunno, Massa... my parents weren't allowed
to have names, to speak their own toungue,
to sing their own songs.
I got no people, no tribe, no family.
Massa... I got no roots and no name!"
"Then choose yourself any name,
so that we can register you
in accordance with the rules!"
"Which name should I choose...
the one of my late oppressor? No!
From now on I want to be called FREIMANN,
for that's what I am: a free man.
My wife is a free man's wife,
my children will be a free man's sons and daughters.
Yessir, I guess that's the right thing...
my name shall be FREIMANN -- Freeman."
- - -
That is the whole (hi)story of Freimann,
and there is nothing remarkable with it.
Just a name I assumed for myself
when I got rid of the slavery of Scientology,
where I had laboured under fascistic delusions
and the subjugation by Hubbard's thought patterns.
It is a quite ordinary story.
There is nothing mystical or mythical about it,
it is just a reminder of the fact
that a "free man" will remain a myth
wherever and whenever despotic rule is applied.
Actually, all that was none of my busyness then any more.
It would have been easy to withdraw treading softly
and to further lead a life of silence...
so to speak: I could have easily kept out of the course of the world.
But I decided to participate in the game again
as a "free man", in order to help others.
To take an active part in the game spells sorrow and trouble.
It doesn't go smoothly all the time
without pain, disappointment and failure...
Well, a Boddhisatva is someone
who has comprehended that, but nevertheless plays along.
An playing along also means to take sides,
to expose oneself and to become vulnerable...
well, that's the way the cookie crumbles.
And it is only something to do with mystic
if someone is so much related to mystics and myths,
that he or she have become unable
to turn towards the reality we all share.
You see, it is just a small step from
"fateful constellations in the starry sky"
up to a"fateful traffic light sequence at a junction".
It is that easy, and there is nothing special to understand,
************** FREIMANN BODDHISATVA **************
Teacher for Neo-Buddhism & Rational Humanism
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