Yesterday’s theme of Day 18 of 64 Days of Non-Violence was Freedom, but of course is not limited to yesterday. Each theme is chosen to remind us of how to live in this world in integrity.
On the “A Season for Non-Violence” website the example given for Freedom was Diana Nash, the famous civil rights activist of the 1960’s. I think most people learned in school about her success in desegregating lunch counters through non-violence. A great story and certainly worthy of reading more about her life.
My thoughts on freedom and A Season for Non-Violence focused on our freedom to choose our thoughts which, in turn, shape our lives. Following this thinking, three stories came to mind – The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck, Viktor Frankl‘s conclusion about using spirituality to survive, and the music scene in the movie, Shawshank Redemption.
Of those three, I have chosen to include a clip from Shawshank Redemption and include quotes from a conversation from the movie, about the power of the freedom of thought.
Freedom, Music, and Hope.
Andy Dufresne: “That’s the beauty of music. They can’t get that from you… Haven’t you ever felt that way about music?”
Red: “I played a mean harmonica as a younger man. Lost interest in it though. Didn’t make much sense in here.”
Andy Dufresne: “Here’s where it makes the most sense. You need it so you don’t forget.
Andy Dufresne: “Forget that… there are places in this world that aren’t made out of stone. That there’s something inside… that they can’t get to, that they can’t touch. That’s yours.”
Red: “What’re you talking about?”
Andy Dufresne: “Hope.”
Music and art offer freedom to choose, express, experience, feel, and heal – and much more. A day after, I would challenge people to find ways to experience freedom through art – as therapy for self and/or in helping others to promote healing through this “A Season of Non-Violence” campaign.