Slow Freedom

Subtle chains
always linger,

their clinking echoes in the atmosphere
long after the metal has been dissolved.

Every type of freedom is infant at conception
and feeble in its dependance on sacrifice.

Expect to have to nurture your emancipation
as you fight to breathe unpolluted air
with newly purchased lungs.  


Written May 2014. There must always be a lot of patience involved in fighting for freedom, not least when a change has been achieved in principle, for that change to filter down into attitudes and emotions. 

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  1. Nice poem. Hofstede talks about symbols, heroes, rituals and values as concentric layers within in a culture: values at the centre. Psychology talks in a similar way about thoughts, assumptions and core beliefs. It's always easier to change the superficial than the deep: But the deeper the level of change the more likely it is to last.

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