What Freedom Means to Me
When beginning to write my paper two days prior the backspace was unquestionably being favored more than other keys on my personal computer. Seriously, the “back” part of space is in danger of being completely worn off. So you can only imagine my excitement when during a lecture on Martin Luther King Jr (in history class of all places) I find the match to ignite the spark for my English assignment. King (1963) wrote “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”. Many courageous humans of every race, color, and origin have given their lives to achieve or demand their freedom that’s now just an expectation by the American public. I’m more than informed of my freedom of expression (speech), religion, and to travel. My goal of stating these points is to enlighten my peers and hopefully a more wide variety of readers of the gifts we’ve been born with. High school is a major place of freedom (you never thought a teenager would admit that, did you?).
When walking towards the clear double-doors leading into the lunch room I tend to look a little deeper. From the outside everyone’s the same, enjoying the great food of course, but when you enter you really notice each person’s ability to show expression. To dress in chains and costume makeup, running shoes and baggy shorts, or even stilettos and your mom’s favorite hoops. We can speak our own language or learn another and society still accepts us. Choose to argue or disagree with a teacher’s comment or even the presidents. From the day we were born our speech and expressions have come with standing ovation. We’ve been trusted with the weight of the most natural human instinct, to speak. What makes this point itself so significant to my generation is the fact that there are countries that still don’t have these rights and dream of our freedoms daily.
“I Pledge of allegiance to the flag…” a daily heard verse by students from all ages. Many have no recollection of the pledge of allegiance being religious, even though it’s memorized by many. Religion is something that the daily American can not escape. It’s in the work place, every learning environment, and television. Without the leniency to study and learn about it in your own comfort religion wouldn’t be as widespread a topic as it is today. In other countries it is sometimes custom that one religion takes place. In the United States I have the freedom to have my own and study or convert to any form I feel suited. Without this liberty I myself wouldn’t have the faith and hope for the ambitions I carry. The drive to complete even the most miniscule task. My religion is my most significant freedom. My right to travel may be at the top of the list for the most essential. In this day and age its necessary at any given age. A special doctor for a child, school field trips, and business outings for adults. When 3 years old a special spine surgeon was critical for my healthy growth, he just happened to be 2500 miles away. Because of reasons similar this freedom is a must among others.
On a brighter note flying to Michigan for my great grandpas holiday cooking may also be a serious requirement for my survival. The freedom to travel is so great that its allowed (under conditions) for immigrants around the world to come into the country. In my opinion its amazing that our independence can be shared amongst other cultures. This freedom is what makes the diversity in America so abundant. An astronaut, a movie star, a kung fu warrior, the president of the united states, or a mother. My freedom is the reason I can dream my dreams and conquer my challenges. It’s possible for every man, woman, and child to obtain these dreams.
These freedoms are most important to me because of the past struggles and hardships that were endured by americans that couldn’t enjoy it. Couldn’t enjoy free expression, religion, and mobility. Although every person has different interpretations of the word, I hope to of exposed the truth in “free” so you can enjoy the marvelous freedom that’s been bestowed upon us.