by Jim Morrison

There are different kinds of freedom – there’s a lot of
misunderstanding.  The most important kind of freedom is
to be what you really are.

You trade in your reality for a role.  You trade in your sense
of self for an act.  You give up your ability to feel, and in
exchange, put on a mask.

There can’t be any large scale revolution until there’s a
personal revolution, on an individual level.
It’s got to happen inside first.
You can take a person’s political freedom and you won’t
hurt him – unless you take away his freedom to feel.
This can destroy him.  Imprisonment begins with birth.
Society, parents, they refuse to allow you to keep the
freedom you were born with.  You just imitate what you see.
We are like actors turned loose in this world to wander in
search of a phantom.  Endlessly searching for a half-
forgotten shadow of our last reality.

When others demand that we become the person that they
want us to be, they force us to destroy the person we really
are.  Most people love you for the person you pretend to be.
To keep their love you keep pretending, performing.
You get to love your pretence.

It’s true we are locked into an image, an act and the sad
thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow
attached to their masks.
A person has to be willing to give up everything.  All that
they have been taught, all society’s brainwashing.  You have
to let go of all that to get to the other side.

Most people are not willing to do that.


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