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Freedom in Privacy

There is freedom in privacy.

Nothing is more free than thought.  A person or government can control your actions or your speech, what you wear or what you eat, but no one can encroach upon your thoughts, because no one can know your mind unless you speak or write or draw what is there.

Having an audience can be nice.  Sometimes I want feedback on what I say or believe.  Sometimes I want to entertain others or make them think about something new.  But sometimes I just want to process by myself.  Sometimes I need to figure things out on my own.  Sometimes privacy is the most important thing in figuring out what’s inside of me.

Privacy’s harder to come by than it used to be.  We are tempted to connect through the Internet and all it offers.  But sometimes all that “connecting” is just a yammering my my head.  Why do I care what you ate for breakfast?  Why do you care if I stubbed my toe?

I am torn, sometimes, between wanting an audience for my writing so I an develop my craft and get feedback on what I do, and wanting privacy for my thoughts and ideas so I can process more fully without the input of others.

If my writing is private, it can be more personal, but less powerful.  More introverted but less influential.

But whatever format my writing takes, at least my thoughts are free.


About Karen Koch

I like the old-fashioned lifestyle. All this new-fangled stuff baffles me sometimes. I cherish living out in the country, raising chickens and rabbits, planting fruit trees, and enjoying a slow life filled with beautiful words and ideas. I don't always achieve a slow life. I teach middle school English and manage a little burgeoning farm with my husband, and somewhere in the midst of that, I try to find time for writing, running, knitting, reading, and playing the ukulele. And sometimes, I actually succeed.

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