Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary define’s Freedom as:1 the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independence c : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous <freedom from care> d : ease, facility <spoke the language with freedom> e : the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken <answered with freedom> f : improper familiarity g : boldness of conception or execution h : unrestricted use <gave him the freedom of their home>
According to Merriam-Webster I enjoy freedom to a certain extent. Even though as Americans we consider ourselves “Free” we are also still under the power of our government so even though we are liberated from slavery we are still under the power of our government. So, we have a relative freedom.
We have a freedom of speech until someone gets a bug up their a$$ and decides that your right to say what you want has violated their right to have others know what they want you to know. In that sense we have become enslaved to people’s greed and have become a “sue” nation. No, not a Sioux Nation, a “sue” nation in the fact that every time you turn around someone is filing a ridiculous lawsuit against someone else or a corporation, wasting the time, money and energy of the legal system. And unfortunately, those people are the ones who are usually winning their frivolous and ridiculous lawsuits while others who have legitimate reasons to file a suit win nothing.
Like the woman who ordered coffee from McDonalds drive through several years ago and then sued McDonalds because it was hot and she spilled it and burned herself. Hello??? Was she not the one that burned herself? She was awarded 2.7 million dollars! And they have had several sue since then for the same thing. And these are probably the same people who would pitch a fit if it wasn’t hot. Yes, she may have been burned and suffered from the burn but it was HOT COFFEE…. Was that NOT what she ordered?
A woman in Texas sued a furniture store after she broke her ankle because she tripped over a toddler running around the store. She won the suit. The toddler was her child. Excuse me??? You are going to sue a company for making an unsafe environment when YOUR child is the one making it unsafe? Are YOU not the one who is supposed to be watching your own kid when you are out in public? Heaven forbid it had been someone else’s child. You would probably have called child services on them for neglect for not watching their child, but, you sue someone else because you were not watching your own. Yes, this is why I say we are a sue nation. People will sue over the stupidest things and get awarded money for it, but, it is their freedom to do that. See…. We are FREE that way.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
Let’s change the subject a little because I just get too upset thinking about those examples of freedom where there should be some restraint. I personally feel that I have a tremendous amount of freedom and I thank the men and women who are responsible for keeping this country safe for the rest of us to enjoy that freedom.
Freedom means you are unobstructed in living your life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery.
Now that all of our kids are grown I have even more freedom than I had before. If I wake up in the morning and decide I want to go somewhere or do something then I am relatively free to do it. Providing I have the funds available to handle it. I have more freedom at this point in my life than I ever have at any other point in my life.
Sure, I still try to help out the kids with things if they need it but I don’t HAVE to. At the moment, I have no employer that I am beholden to that I have to show up at a workplace 5 days a week and answer to. I am pretty much free to do whatever my heart desires as long as I don’t harm anyone else or break any laws in the process. I only have to answer to myself and my hubby somewhat. I saw somewhat half jokingly because he has been married to me long enough and knows me well enough to know that if you tell me I CAN’T do something then I’m gonna be hell bent to do JUST THAT. I think some people might call that stubborn. But I am free to be stubborn as I want to be.
I am not hidden by veils or gowns. I am not forbidden to go to school or learn because I am a woman. I am not persecuted because of my religion or lack of it. I am not bound by shackles or chains, I am free to be…. Me.
Now for listening and viewing pleasure a couple of videos about freedom.
First we have Freedom by George Michael:
And now Freedom by Akon:
This post was brought to you by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop and prompt # 5.) Define “freedom”. (inspired by NaBloPoMo)