Freedom Versus Fear

It’s difficult to truly understand someone else’s point of view. We don’t see the moment-to-moment details of their lives or process information and experiences the same way they do. Even when we’re very close to someone, it can be hard to know what they’re going through, or sincerely listen when they speak out. These are complicated times. For me, I try to find a clear truth that I can wrap my head around. Not to oversimplify a complex issue, but to give me a litmus test for cutting through the confusion to find a relatable core. Last year, I was watching a documentary about the great jazz vocalist and civil rights activist Nina Simone. In it, she made a simple statement that grabbed me and took hold. She said that a people who live in fear cannot truly be free. In the time since, I have thought of her words…