I love historical dramas.
To be able to experience what life was like in another time period is to catch a glimpse of a world that once was, and never will be again. Especially alluring to me is the 1700-1800’s, the times of the Revolution, Civil War, and Westward Expansion.
The television series Outlander delves deep into the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland in the mid-1700s. The story drew me in for several reasons: the time period, the location (I am ever fascinated with Scotland) and the message. This ragged band of 18th century Scottish highlanders fought for freedom with everything they had. They believed that “the system” (British monarchy) was corrupt and didn’t serve their interests. They fought for a country and a king of their own, no matter what the cost.
One episode was called “Freedom & Whiskey.” Whiskey was a symbol of Scotland, and during this time it was banned (by the British) from being sold; it became synonymous with Scottish freedom. Robert Burns wrote a poem alluding to this tie, calling for “Freedom and whisky,” which every Scot understood as a call to independence.
Just as whiskey was to the Scots, so coffee is to America. We are a people fiercely independent; winning our own freedom from the Monarchy just a few years after the Jacobite fight was lost.
The freedom for which we fight
is no longer a fight of sovereignty, but for a freedom for which every person longs: to live our lives happy, healthy and free; to teach our children to become great; to fear no person, or circumstance, or government.
Let’s live in freedom:
where cancer is not a death sentence;
where we do satisfying, productive work and reap the rewards;
where we are afraid of nothing.
Grab a cup of coffee and let’s go!