People desire freedom. It is the ability to make your own decisions, to do the things you want or to be able to travel to different parts of the world without any form of obstruction. People have many definitions of freedom based on their own situation and circumstances in life. Since time immemorial, people have been fighting for freedom. It is the right to live life and to decide on your own choices without anybody dictating what to do. In other countries, the word freedom may refer to escape from the oppression of slavery where people are taken from their families to serve like animals for different brutal and cruel masters. This type of bondage entails torture and physical harm to the person who have become a slave. While other countries shout for freedom from a dictatorial leadership and never-ending rule of tyranny, others are addicted to dangerous substances such as drugs and alcohol. These often times lead to the death of an individual or even to contaminated illnesses. The different meanings of freedom depend on the individual involved. Some take it in a negative way while others use freedom of life for positive reasons. Freedom could turn into an advantage or disadvantage in relation to how a person handles a particular circumstance and turn the same into his favor. Freedom gives an individual a sense of hope and meaning in life. Each one of us have our own strong will, the ability to choose right from wrong, and the skill to make decisions based on what we think is right for us. It is a fact that although we are breathing or have the gift of life, we could really never enjoy it unless we are free and no one is threatening nor forcing us to decide on our own.
The Advantages of Freedom in Life
Successful people have truly exercised their rights as human beings. They have developed their talents and skills to the fullest of their potential and have even earned profits from their wisdom, knowledge and skills. People such as Bill Gates have applied his freedom in a way that has benefitted not only him but also his family, friends and the whole world. Having the freedom to exercise and enjoy life to the fullest have led into a series of discoveries and achievements. Scientists like Einstein was able to study and learn the value of science. In other countries where education is not free and where people are even threatened and prohibited from studying, the people are not able to experience the advantages of attaining a career and a degree. Sometimes, in order to attain freedom, there must be a price. For example, the price of success in a job opportunity is sacrifice, sacrificing and exerting more time devoted to the job sometimes even at the expense of selfish enjoyment. Secondly, the price of freedom for a country to be liberated from oppression may be the death of an individual who stands up for what is right and just. Usually these instances happen where special individuals have sacrificed their lives in order to save many. Life is valuable and so is freedom. It is the same with breathing, water and the need for sunlight. In its absence, what good is there to live or to continue living in the lack of hope. Often times even in the midst of chaos and suffering, people become liberated from selfish thoughts or wrong principles. Freedom in life comes in many forms and colors. It is free to all, free to those who will fight for it.
"What Freedom Means to Me" Essay Selected in Local Contest
The Goodland Elks Lodge sponsored a local essay contest for junior high students. Students were asked to write on the topic "What Freedom Means to Me" as an assignment in Mrs. Gibson's English class. Clarice Neitzel, St. Francis 8th grade student, wrote an essay that was selected as one of the top three essays in the local contest. The top three essays will be sent on for district judging. The district contest winners will receive U.S. savings bonds. Congratulations, Clarice!
Clarice's essay can be found below:
“What Does Freedom Mean to Me?”
Have you ever thought about the meaning of freedom? To me, freedom means to be able to learn from my mistakes. If I didn’t have freedom, I would have to do what the top authorities always tell me to do. I don’t have any room for mistakes so it would be harder to learn about life.
Freedom also means having the time to do things right. No freedom, in this case, would mean that I wouldn’t have any time for fantastic, clever thoughts. I would have to do things extremely precise and quick. When I don’t have freedom, I am under pressure constantly. While I am under so much pressure, it makes it a more stressful world to live in.
One last example of what freedom means to me is being able to do many things without being forced into doing anything. No freedom means that I might have to enlist in the army reluctantly. I might even be forced to quarter troops and watch them take over my home! If I didn’t have freedom, I might have to get married at a young age and start a family which I have no intention of doing at my age. My life minus freedom would equal being controlled with everything. When I don’t have freedom I can’t do anything except for what the strict laws tell me to do.
In summary, we are lucky to be in a society of freedom. Just remember, we are the land of the free and the home of the brave!
St. Francis Junior High