Our Freedom of Choice
Summer is ending, and students go back to school. The month of August was spent with my wife renovating two apartments. We have finished working, and now we are waiting for the new tenants to arrive.
The Responsibility of Landlords and Tenants
When people rent an apartment, they are called the tenant, and the owner is the landlord. I don’t want to be called a landlord.
I prefer to be a business owner with the tenant as my employee. Here is the reality of the rental business.
I pay the mortgage, the taxes, the utilities, the internet, the fire insurance, the property tax, the furnace and hot water rentals, and the maintenance.
As my employee, the tenant earns an income elsewhere or has a pension. The tenant uses their funds to live in my house. I hire the tenant using a barter system, where the tenant trades their money with me to live in my house.
The tenant is employed as long as they have funds for the monthly payments. If they fail to pay the monthly fee, they cease to be employees pending last month's rental period.
Then they must vacate the premises before the next month starts or security evicts them. All other rules follow the Landlord and Tenant laws.
The Landlord and Tenant board sides with tenants' rights, and many take advantage of that by refusing to pay the rent.
Landlords run a business, but the government doesn't monitor or provide a business license. Yet they are taxed and expected to follow government rules and keep tenants who don't pay the rent.
Do tenants have the freedom to live for free? People use their freedom to steal and shoplift. When the government makes poor choices, that's what happens.
Your Freedom of Choice
Do we always have the freedom of choice? We love the word “Free,” don’t we?
We are born with free will to do whatever we want. But there are consequences to our actions, and we could hurt ourselves or someone else physically or emotionally.
Freedom of choice means that the person can choose his course of action and his way of living, subject to the requirement that he shall not act in any manner to violate the freedom of others.
It's not freedom of responsibility. It's the responsibility of freedom. And then there’s karma…
We Have Free Will, So What?
The human condition is a fragile one. This blog is about science in our lives, but to be well-balanced, we should blend our spiritual mind with our physical being.
The physical world works not only with science but also needs Mother Earth's spiritual energy. We don’t control how nature works or how our bodies grow.
We are given the gift of free will on planet Earth. That means we control our destiny.
Each person is responsible for the life they live and the lessons they learn. We are entitled to our personal preferences and choices, but only if they do not affect the rights of others.
We are here to experience living as a physical being in a physical world to learn and evolve our consciousness.
The ultimate reason for evolution is to experience and evolve love.
Think about it like this: if we knew our soul comes from God, we wouldn’t be able to make the decisions we often make.
For example, angels don’t have free will to do as they please because they exist only to support the energy of God and his love.
If you use your power of free will inappropriately, you must endure the lesson of karma. If you continue to ignore your lesson, it will haunt you in your spiritual life.
There’s no way to escape your lessons because they follow you, and your spirit or soul will suffer when you are born into the spirit world.
I know this sounds unbelievable, but the ultimate truth is our soul never dies.
Freedom in the World of Politics and Taxes
In a democratic country, we can choose who to vote for or not to vote. We hope that the collective vote made the right choice.
If things go wrong, as always, we have the freedom of speech to voice our opinion or protest in public as long as we obey the laws.
We don’t have the right to commit vandalism, steal, or destroy public property. As I said, we have the free will to do what we want as long as we pay our taxes and follow the rules.
Some rules are written in stone and called the Ten Commandments. Some rules keep you safe: don’t drink and drive, don’t jump in the water if you can’t swim, and then there are wildfires…
Social Media and the Freedom of Clicking
Social media gives us news about our family and friends, and we have the freedom to like their posts and to click “like” or comment.
Has Social Media become a problem when it takes up so much time and attention?
You know that you’re gonna get pushed around by life, but don’t spend time complaining about it on social media and telling everybody because 80% don’t care, and 20% are glad it’s you and not them.
Has your Smartphone and TV taken away your attention and become smarter than you?
We are glued to these devices all day, watching to see if there’s any news for us.
The New Freedom
Certain things are not your choice as the world becomes increasingly digital. For instance, the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to wear surgical masks in public.
You must carry an ID card with your photo and birth date, and if you have a smartphone, your information is known to most large companies. Do we have any privacy?
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