Tuesday, July 1, 2008

This Friday

So, I was reading a blog post from my previouse place of employment and it got me thinking again about the problem I have with "Guns, Germs, and Steel."
Should we celebrate our freedom and values simply because of geographic determinism? Allow me to redefine the term. I don' t mean it this way really. I mean it more as geographic luck. An coincidence of birth. An imaginary boundary established by long forgotten treaties.
Were I not born in Texas would people tell me that I should hold different values or measures of success? If I was birthed a few hundred miles and a river away would I have to proclaim a loyalty to a different belief system? Or could I get away with simply relocating?
Where's the freedom in that? Where is the freedom in that? Where is the freedom in that?!