“I saw nothing without seeing it, I heard nothing without hearing it, and felt nothing without feeling it.” – Frederick Douglass
In Frederick Douglass’ Learning How to Read and Write he realizes his condition that tormented him which was the fact that he was a slave and had had no freedom. In this assertion when he says “it” he is talking about freedom. Any moment he thought of anything he thought about freedom or in this case his lack of it. Everything he saw he saw freedom, everything he heard he heard freedom and anything he felt he felt freedom. Although I have never been in the situation Frederick Douglass was in, nor have I ever been a slave; I do know what not having freedom feels like. In all moments of your life, you can imagine how that moment would be different if you had freedom.
Although I have never been in the situation Frederick Douglass was in, nor have I ever been a slave; I do know what not having freedom feels like. In all moments of your life, you can imagine how that moment would be different if you had freedom. It’s always there clawing at your mind and you’re always there with it longing to have it. When he says he saw, heard and felt absolutely nothing without seeing, hearing and feeling freedom I absolutely believe he meant it. Freedom is a necessity and is something anyone and everyone should have.
Once Frederick Douglass knew this and understood this, he was able to process the fact that he didn’t have it and progressed to longing for it all the time. Most humans nowadays have the freedom Frederick Douglass did not. Even if you aren’t a black slave that’s been enslaved by white settlers there are other ways to not have freedom. Some more severe than others but all none the less lacking some type of freedom. Whether it has to do with a certain relationship or education or love or identity, people who are suffering know the fact they are being denied freedom.
And those who understand this are able to process it and thus progress to the stage where they are longing for it all the time. Whatever and whenever we see, hear and feel… we also long for freedom not only as a right but as a friend.