The freedom of expression side of human needs is, perhaps, the least understood in mainstream culture. Or at least the least socially supported. Sure, we all have some sense of freedom being important (and worth dying for, or maybe even killing for), and it’s even written into the US’s statement-of-purpose-like Declaration of Independence in the form of declaring that all (hu)Men, by their very existence in life, share the inherent rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We invest a reasonably good amount of resources in understanding our input needs, and have a decent idea of what “nutritious food, clean water, fresh air, warmth, and sunlight” mean when it comes to human health. But how much research and knowledge is there when it comes to understanding the output needs, of “freedom to express the body’s excess solids, liquids, gases, and energy”? And, furthermore, how often do we make a point of ensuring these things?
Do we know how to ensure that the body can readily eliminate toxins such as heavy metals and industrial chemicals?
Do we have a good grasp on human sexuality, and it’s role in not just biological procreation, but emotional health as well?
Do we understand what role exercise and sleep play in the elimination process?
Do we recognize the importance of finding ways to help individuals share their emotional energy with the world, even when it is very strong?
And finally, how are we working to support people in being free to control their own lives, so that they don’t become “out of control”?
Perhaps the real meaning of freedom, and how to approach increasing it, is something that we can bring to the table next time we sit down at it…