The Meaning of Freedom

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The Meaning of Freedom The meaning of freedom in the United States has come into such controversy. Everyone has a different ideology on how they perceive their personal freedoms and what it really is to be free. As a society some would say we do not possess the ability to speak, act, and think openly without fear of persecution. We must ask ourselves if we are slaves to our government and other authority figures or are we our own masters. I would say that we can only be slaves to our own limited experiences. If we choose to be enslaved no matter our treatment then that is what we are. If we choose to speak our minds and follow our hearts we will always be free.
What Is The Meaning Of Freedom
There are many definitions of the word freedom, but the word slave is usually tied into that phrase. Although in another time there was real live slavery, in today’s age it is reflected more by a person’s mind than actual bonds. People can just as easily be enslaved by oppressive rules and governing officials as they can by bonds. To be forced to abide by rules and regulations that are not honorable or in good taste is equally a sign of our lost freedom. Martin Luther King said it best “I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their "thus saith the Lord" far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.” King, Jr., M. L. (1963). When we see injustice in any of its forms we must be willing to act on behalf of ourselves and people who do not have the means to act on their own behalves. It does not matter what some…...

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