Freedom chasers, equilibrium chasers.

Freedom chasers, equilibrium chasers.

We don’t talk about it enough.

Walls throw it off
And make us wonder what’s on the other side.
Make us want to jump over them, go around them, scale them.

“Something there is that does not love a wall”.

Walls make us insecure, as we wonder who is trying to get in.
Without a wall, you know.
With a wall, you wonder.

Censors throw it off.
And make us wonder what the censored would say.
Make us want to say it, shout it, scream it.

Censors make us insecure, as we wonder whether we have the truth.
Without a censor, you know.
With a censor, you wonder.

Subsidies throw it off.
And make us wonder what things are really worth
Make us all crazy.
Those with them want more. Those without them want them.

Subsidies make us insecure, as we wonder whether the demand is real.
Without a subsidy, you know.
With a subsidy, you wonder.

New policies throw it off.
They jolt the old equilibrium,
Send the system into oscillations,
Throw it out of equilibrium,
Force a new equilibrium to be reached … or else.

New technologies throw it off.
They disrupt the old way.
Send the system into oscillations,
Throw it out of equilibrium.
Force a new equilibrium to be reached … or else.

New polluters throw it off.
They jolt the equilibrium in the commons.
Send the commons into oscillations,
Throw it out of equilibrium,
Force a new clean-up or cleansing equilibrium … or else.

New diseases throw if off.
They jolt body.
Send the body into oscillations,
Throw it out of equilibrium.
Force a new immunity equilibrium … or else.

Freedom at first is chaos,

And then the stop signs go up.
And most everyone agrees they are useful.

And then the rules are made.
And most everyone agrees they are useful.

And then decency rises to the top.
And most everyone agrees that its useful.

And then freedom is channeled, and settles down to equilibrium-chasing.

Freedom chasers, equilibrium chasers.