04 May We can each repeal our own laws and reform our own personal justice system (DON MIGUEL RUIZ)
A strong desire for freedom usually begins in adolescence. All kids, at some time or another, begin to feel constrained and a little persecuted. Parents try to shape and protect their children, but kids reach a point when they resent them for it. They rebel, even if it means hurting themselves in the process. Society gets involved, but kids lose patience with its rules. Governments and religious institutions want to lead them in one direction or another. Breaking free of it all sounds appealing, but most people want freedom to be given to them. That won’t happen. The freedom that really counts is the freedom we grant ourselves.
Tyranny starts with us and with
that little government in our heads.
Who makes the rules? Who enforces
them? Who can rewrite those rules?
The president can—the aware executive we want to be. We can each repeal our own laws and reform our own
personal justice system. We can break
out of jail free anytime.
As you’ve probably figured out by
now, me can become a better decision
maker. Me can be a better administrator—or me can step aside and be-
come a friend. If the desire is there, me can be a diplomat and a peace-
maker. Me can ultimately be the savior
you’ve been looking for
The three questions
DON MIGUEL RUIZ