And then, there's the freedom myth.
How many times have you heard a motorcycle rider describe riding as a feeling of freedom? How much freedom is there in riding a motorcycle?
But freedom is not something you get from something else. It's something that's found within us. When freedom is given to you, you're simply dependent. It's like saying you are "wealthy" because someone gave you money. But what happens when that money runs out, and that someone refuses to give you more? Were you ever wealthy at all?
By the same token, what if government passed a new law that took away another piece of your freedom? Were ever really free in the first place?
But what if you decided to break that law and did it anyways? Well, now you're free!
Who is more free, the person running wild in an open field, or the person taking a sledgehammer to a prison wall?
It's the person who takes control of his own freedom who is free. You are not free when someone else controls your freedom.
There's actually more freedom in driving a car.
But what if I didn't have that special license, decided not to wear a helmet, and removed the baffles from my exhaust, and rode my motorcycle anyway? Now I'm free.
Most of us will be apprehended by the police if we did that. But that's only because most of us don't have the resolve nor the resources to keep them away. But if we did? What if we had the smarts, the money, and the determination to break every law for the rest of our lives and never get caught? Doesn't that make us free?
Maybe you would argue that breaking every law for the rest of our lives will burden us with having to run and hide from police. But aren't we already burdened for the rest of our lives having to stifle our desires by threat of the police?
If you chose to remain a law abiding citizen for the rest of your life, then aren't you really just another sheep in the flock who will forever be forgotten?
It's always the rebels and the revolutionaries who are remembered. And it's always they who get to enjoy the freedom.
So, how much freedom is there in riding a motorcycle?