Fences …

Fences cartoon
Image by Melvin

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In the United States in the 1800’s, the term “free-range” was commonplace. Traditional American usage equates “free-range” with “unfenced”; and with the implication that there was no herdsman keeping livestock together or managing them in any way.

With the proliferation of fencing and the desire to keep poachers at bay, “free-range” quickly became a thing of the past. As of 2013, only Oklahoma practices this age-old tradition. But not only livestock has become “fenced in”.

Have you constructed a life constrained by the limitations and restrictions of institutional overlords and other societal “herdsmen” of your own making?

 Or are you living “free-range” … on your own terms; free of fences?

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