Let It Go

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Frozen.

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?

Freedom is having the ability and the desire to choose the good

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.

This photo is altered by me but not mine
This photo is altered by me but not mine

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 🙂

Aul

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10 thoughts on “Let It Go

    Elizabeth M. said:
    June 22, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    I totally agree with everything you said, but I think that later on the movie makes it clear that Elsa isn’t free. Looking at just the song, it does seem like Elsa is saying freedom is doing whatever you want, but if you look at the movie later on and see how she is still a slave to fear, I think that it dispels that false notion. Just my opinion. 🙂

      Aul responded:
      June 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      I agree with you that later on in the movie you see how Elsa isn’t really free. I was just talking about the song…
      Aul

    Raphsodi said:
    June 22, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    that was beautiful. I do agree that Elsa is not truly free. It is not until the end of the movie she learns to control her powers so she can be free. Locking herself away was only a way to “teach” her just how “free” she truly was not. The very last scene in the movie where she turned the castle courtyard into an ice rink is when Elsa truly is free by definition.

      Aul responded:
      June 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Exactly right. I feel like I should have added how Elsa learns what true freedom is. Thanks for the compliment!
      Aul

    seangreen5 said:
    June 22, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    I can’t believe I didn’t see this one on my feed (saw it on the CP) From a person who still has not seen the movie it seems what your describe makes sense. That she wants to be free but never has true freedom. But that is kind of what society is right? You could be free to do whatever you want but in the end if there are other people around you will still be judged by you actions, so you are not free from the thought of others. No one can ever be truly free in that respect, there is always something binding them, maybe not physically, but morally, or mentally, or some other non-physical force.

      Aul responded:
      June 22, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      Very philosophical. I like it 🙂 I agree with what you said. Unfortunately, society gets a lot of things wrong…
      Aul

    proverbs31teen said:
    June 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Wow, so true. You definitely got it right. 🙂

      Aul responded:
      June 22, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Thank you 🙂
      Aul

    sreillyswag said:
    June 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    were u at the movies in the park?

      Aul responded:
      June 22, 2014 at 2:55 PM

      Actually I was!?
      Aul

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