Freedom“I have never seen anything like this, it’s simply fantastic!”Looking up at the horizon Pawel almost forgot the predicament that he was in.The sky really was wonderful, lit, as it was, from the East in brilliant hues of red.“Red in the morning, sailors take warning,” he said to himself.But this was no storm that was coming. This was the Coming- the Coming thathas been waited on for millennium. The Coming that had been embraced and anticipated by some, spurned and scorned by others. And an event to be feared for those like Pawelwho tremble at the mere thought of it.He lowered his eyes to the trees tightly gripping the rim of the great cliffs thatsurround the wasteland he now calls home, and is reminded of his own precarious grip onthe slender piece of ground on which he currently stands. Rising up from the center of theabyss is his own promontory; a dagger stabbing up from below, stopping at his feet, providing him just enough ground on which to stand.“How did I get into this mess?”As recently as last year Pawel had enough ground on which he could take aleisurely stroll- not enough to get anywhere but at least enough to get some exercise. Heremembered that at one point he even had enough ground on which to run- and beforethat he thought he could remember being able to run all the way to the trees and beyond.But that was then, all of it has since fallen away. Now he only has enough left uponwhich to stand.He knows how it happened, but it is rarely that he reflects on it long enough toadmit it. He was once free, free to run and fall down, free to laugh and to cry, free to risk and be cautious. He was free to live. But then he began to listen to those ‘people’. Theones who had all the answers, who had the Way all figured out and could tell you how itought to be done. They began to teach him how his life ‘was really meant to be lived’.And he listened, he bought all that they had brought to sell. It was not easy, this new life.He began to lose ground with each new teaching that he adopted. But when he questionedthem they explained to him that because he had been given so much, surely he wouldexpect to have to offer some sacrifice in return. If he truly wanted to Live, they said.