Land of the Free? Not for Everybody

Written by Master Charles Cannon, Will Wilkinson

Republic In America IncarcerationAmerican prides itself on being number one. Apparently America now jails 2.2 million people. So, with just 5% of the world's population, we boast 25% of its prisoners. America is the number one jailer in the world.

In 2011 almost half of all prisoners were incarcerated for drug offenses. That's a stunning statistic, especially when you connect it with a recent poll that determined only 7% of Americans feel that the government is winning it's war on drugs.

If prison isn't working, what will? How about asking this question: "If so many people are using drugs, what's wrong with reality?" Locking up drug users doesn't address this question.

Reality just ain't what it used to be, back when everything looked rosy over the near horizon. Remember when futurists predicted that society's biggest problem would soon be figuring out what to do with all our leisure time? Now that the future is here that seems laughable, except it's no joke. Americans work harder than ever just to not drown. No wonder so many escape into drugs.

How about waking up instead? The American Dream has turned into a nightmare for many, but it always was just a dream. Let's wake up and see what the real reality might be like. Those who have tell us that it doesn't involve the pursuit of happiness, since the awake reality they experience includes happiness as an inherent quality.

We might draw some inspiration from that old Joni Mitchell song, Cactus Tree, where she described what we would probably all rather be doing: "She's so busy being free."

About the Author

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon

Master Charles Cannon is a modern spiritual teacher, founder of Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality, and developer of the High-Tech Meditation and Holistic Lifestyle experience. His work over the past 40 years has helped transform the lives of millions worldwide who respect him as one of the truly innovative spiritual teachers of our time.

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson

Will Wilkinson has been a professional collaborative writer for decades. He has two of his own non-fiction books In print, a novel on the verge and two more non-fiction books in final edit stages. Meanwhile, he collaborates with contemporary wisdom keepers, helping them discover and refine their voice.