My version of freedom

This is my version of freedom.

If a person can act in a way he or she prefers and doesn’t have to be concerned about being frowned upon or
being prosecuted, that person is free.

There are two aspects to this freedom.

First the socio-economic conditions in the society must be positive.
For example if a person is struck with poverty he can’t live the way he prefers. So it is very important, a society is prosperous and I think it could be called as the financial freedom.

Then the person should be able to act upon his will without worrying about the reactions of the society.

Now you must be asking, shouldn’t Rules and customs exist in a society? YES YES YES they should. But they should only exist to protect one group of the society from another. Not to burden the lives of people.

Knowing or not, freedom is the thing we value most. But we tend to take it as granted. We only realize the
value of it when we lose it.

When someone else’s believes or traditions effect our freedom we object immediately, but when our believes
or traditions effect another ones freedom we come up with varies excuses.

When shall we create a society where everyone can live the damned way they want?

Let me have one last say. This is something i really want to shout aloud, walking around. When it comes to
freedom never be content. No matter how you feel the society is free and perfect someone can be out there
with his freedom taken away.

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2 responses to “My version of freedom

  1. Your post reminded me of a conversation I had the other day. Someone mentioned to me how Thomas Jefferson was supposed to have changed the wording of the declaration of independence from “all men are equal” to “all men are created equal” giving it a more potent meaning. The final version was:
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” I did a bit of a search and found this fascinating site with the various drafts of this piece of writing. http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/rough.htm

    I noticed this sentiment also forms the basis for the UN declaration of human rights (article 1)
    http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

    “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

    But I thought since the french revolution inspired the amercian independence movement it would be useful to look at the motto of the french republic :
    Liberté, égalité, fraternité

    And when googling, I found this link from wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libert%C3%A9,_%C3%A9galit%C3%A9,_fraternit%C3%A9

    To quote:
    “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789 defined Liberty in Article 4 as follow:

    “Liberty consists of being able to do anything that does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of every man or woman has no bounds other than those that guarantee other members of society the enjoyment of these same rights.” ”

    This last sentence for me sums the concept of freedom that many societies are striving for quite neatly.

    Thanks for the post, it made me think about some things that I have taken for granted.

  2. Kasun Herath

    Your comment was a post itself. I appreciate your insightful comments.

    Liberty defined in the ‘Declaration of the Rights of Citizen’ Says it beautifully isn’t it?

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