On the way to church this morning, I heard Dido’s new song, No Freedom:
No love without freedom – no freedom without love.
The longer I spend in politics, the more convinced I become that expanding freedom is near impossible without high standards of individual behaviour towards others. Unless people will choose freely to treat others as they would be treated, it’s difficult to see how politicians, officials and electorates will agree to refrain from the futile and counterproductive attempt to substitute state power for love of neighbour.
My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. … This is my command: love each other.
And surely love has no meaning unless freely given? Surely the law cannot put love into people’s hearts? Law and obedience to it are a good thing, but grace and truth are better.
I hope anyone following my work sees at least echoes of this belief: that human beings should be free, that they should choose in that freedom to love one another and that each depends upon the other.
I hope Dido’s new song is a fabulous success.