Recently, I was watching Frozen while being surrounded by about a hundred little kids. When this song, “Let It Go”, started playing during the movie, almost every kid was singing along and screaming out the words “LET IT GO!”
There’s something about the song, however, that disturbs me. And what was even more disturbing was how all of the children around me, knowingly or not, were being dragged into the falsity that lies within the song. These kids were believing in what they were singing with child-like ardor. This, to me, was rather disconcerting. Why?
Because the song “Let It Go” is about freedom. However, what most little kids don’t realize about Elsa is this:
Elsa isn’t free
Children were screaming out “Let it go!”, joining in Elsa’s cry of freedom and release from burden. They were injecting into their minds the subtle falsity that Elsa was somehow free. But let’s look at Elsa; let’s look at her “freedom”.
Elsa gets some things right; keeping yourself all bottled up isn’t a good thing. You should be allowed to express yourself, and be yourself. It makes sense for her to feel “free” when she escapes from Arendelle. But guess what?
Elsa isn’t free
Elsa believes that having no rules, no right no wrong is what makes her free. She can do whatever she wants, and therefore she is free. But is Elsa really free? Do we see her experiencing freedom after this outburst of relief, this explosion in which she seeks to fulfill her desires as she sees fit?
I don’t think so.
Instead, we see her lock herself away in a castle. We see her still enslaved to her fear, to her power, when Anna tries to bring her back to Arendelle. She says that “the fears that once controlled me can’t get to me at all”. Yet even when she releases her power and begins her episode of “freedom”, even when she does what she wants, she isn’t free. Elsa believes that having no rules and choosing to do what she wants will make her free. She decides that she will be her own queen.
The reason why this bothers me is that young children might be tempted to make the same mistake. And what is the antidote for this mistake? It’s understanding true freedom. So what’s freedom?
Unless we understand this, we won’t be free. There will always be rules and there will always be a right or a wrong. Saying that we won’t follow the rules or follow what’s right or wrong won’t make us free; rather, true freedom comes from accepting and following the rules with gladness and joy. If we don’t do what’s right or follow the rules, we become a slave to our own desires. They control us, just like Elsa is still controlled by her fear and her own power. We cannot create our own moral law or our own rules; we aren’t made for doing whatever we want.
Be free, everyone! People who are slaves to their own desires because they do whatever they want aren’t free. Those who follow the law placed on everyone by morality with joy and happiness aren’t held down by it because they are willing to obey it.
I know, I know, this is complicated philosophy and it was kind of sloppy. For more on this type of stuff, check out more stuff by SJP2. This man is a genius 🙂