12th May 2016, Prismacolor on A3 cartridge paper
This was inspired by Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl.
Liberty isn’t enough. Everyone has freedom. No matter what happens to us or how we’re treated, we still have the freedom to decide how we think about ourselves and how we treat others. We can’t control everything that happens to us and we are affected by our circumstances, but we aren’t controlled by them.
Freedom isn’t enough. We can be idle in our freedom. We can choose to use our freedom for evil. We can choose to deny our dignity and others’ dignity. We all have freedom. We also all have responsibility. To not be idle in our freedom. To not deny our dignity or other people’s dignity.
No matter what our circumstances, we all have liberty, responsibility, dignity, morality, and creativity. We have choices to make every moment. We have the responsibility and freedom to choose and to choose to uphold everyone’s humanity. To do something. To treat people well. To live by our values. To create. We can always choose what we do.
Even when we suffer, we can suffer with dignity and treat others with dignity.