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Communication and intelligence-sharing is needed for security purposes but just how deep into our private lives should Big Brother intrude? Personal freedom means freedom to be ourselves, to go wherever, and do whatever, we want as long as it doesn't infringe on rights of others. Do others have, in fact, right to know who and where we are?
Look at almost-bride's eyes in every photograph. She looks like a terrified rabbit seeking a way to bolt - and finally she did. Poor little rabbit, you didn't get very far, did you?
The occasional urge to flee, to run off to join circus, to tie up our goods in a scarf on a stick and set off to see world, tempts all of us at times.
Forget it. You'll be found, brought back, publicly humiliated, and presented with a bill for money it cost to search for you.
No wonder we read books, watch movies, and play games rooted in fantasy. Was it a coincidence that both George bride and California housewife both headed for Las Vegas, ultimate fantasy? We are no longer allowed a life of adventure or exploration, spending our days, as Thoreau envisioned, leading lives of "quiet desperation."
Virginia Bola is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the effects of cultural forces and employment on the individual. The author of an interactive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at http://drvirginiabola.blogspot.com