Freedom Inside Prison by Stephen Newman


One can say they are broke…when one has money in their pockets. One can reflect upon money, fortune and fame as…the root of all evil, as they check their bank accounts. As with the old, but still relevant passage,’ do not speak until you have walked a mile in my shoes!’

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A reader has asked for my insights as to whether it’s possible to feel “freedom” while in prison.

I’m certain that Pema Chodron, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Joel Osteen, and Thich Nhat Hanh would each have their own opinions on how someone, while locked away, could feel truly free. They might say things like, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow’s a mystery, all that matters is today.” Or they might say “Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” Bobby McFerrin might simplify it: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” My college roommate said, “Mind over matter.” A dog trainer might suggest that we try to think more like a dog would. After all, dogs are always happy.

These are all wonderful ideas, but do they work? I believe the answer is no. It’s easy for a philosopher to sit in a bungalow in Hawaii, overlooking the ocean, and write a book…

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