As I get older, the meaning of freedom is a question I am continuously reassessing. When you’re young, you are, in a sense, “blind” to reality. You’re reality is that which your caretakers present to you. It’s like one gigantic magic trick. But as you get older, the veil slowly falls and, if you’re anything like me, concepts like freedom, that seemed so simple, become more and more complex.
Today’s post is a part of a new series I want to introduce to the Vintage Storehouse & Co. Blog called Writing Inspiration every Thursday. In an effort to better my writing and to share a little bit more about myself personally, I decided to take on a 52 week writing prompt challenge from the book The Writer’s Devotional and I invite you to join in. Basically it’s just a weekly writing prompt that can be interpreted any way that you want. You can write your own version and share it in the comments below, or you can just follow along and read my responses. This blog is not, and never will be a blog about politics or religion. I think we all get enough “seriousness” in our lives and I want to provide a create escape for you! That being said, I do want to share with you what about the concept of freedom I find so confusing.
America has titled herself “The Land of the Free”. But to be free don’t we have to define freedom? To me freedom is not a yes or no, black or white concept. To me it’s a scale. It is possible to belong in the gray area of partially free. Google defines freedom as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” But we are all bound by societies rules and expectations. There are consequences to our actions. In a democracy, we come together to create a set of laws favored by the majority that are enforced on the group as a whole. But what if you disagree with one of those laws? What if you’re one of the minority? Are you free to ignore it? You have the right to protest, but if the majority still disagrees, there are still consequences. Does that mean you’re not free?
And if freedom is a scale, where do we stand on the freedom scale? Have we become more or less free in the last 50 years? 100 years? 1000? Which way are we progressing? What are we doing to protect our freedom? Do we value it the same way as those who fought to free us from England’s rule years ago? These are the questions that haunt me when I think of the word freedom, that I would have never considered at a young age, and this is why I find this prompt so complex. What is your definition of freedom?