Imprisonment is not a concrete physical concept. It is however, a state of mind and whenever you allow yourself to be told what is acceptable to say, do, how you should feel, what is right and wrong, the bars come crashing down around you. Therefore you can never be imprisoned until you allow yourself to become so. You are your own worst enemy. As well as your only saving grace.
Words that repeat in my head when I feel trapped. You are only ever as trapped as long as you allow yourself to be. It is in being strong within yourself that you truly become free, once you oppose all forms of physical, mental and moral dictation with an active passion you become free. It is extremely hard to do this in a modern age where you are force fed opinions left, right and centre by the mainstream media, told from birth what is right and what is wrong without being given justification of the current society’s moral compass and you have images of arbitrarily defined perfection poured into your eye sockets to make you feel inadequate and powerless. But as written in the graphic novel ‘V for Vendetta’ on a small piece of toilet paper in a camp spewing out death at the hands of the oppressor.
“But it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us. But within that inch we are free.”
The capitalist society we live in tries so hard to devalue us, turn us into commodities to be traded, used, made money out of and then discarded like yesterday’s news that we find ourselves losing faith in the only thing in which we can truly be free, ourselves. The last inch of us. It is so fragile, so easily turned it can be corrupt, it can be evil, it can be beautiful and it is the only thing ever worth fighting for. When you let go of your integrity and the part of yourself that makes you, you become a prisoner and in a society which views people as objects to trade and to dictates only the values of a ruling we are all imprisoned. It is only when we choose to fight for that last inch and liberate ourselves from endless vanity, selfishness and malicious ambition that we become truly free.