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#WQWWC #31: Freedom

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As the Fourth of July rings in Independence Day in the United States, we celebrate freedom. Many of our celebrations revolve around barbeques, food, friends, festivities, and fireworks. The concept of freedom is broad and much debated.

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Ideas About Freedom to Amuse Your Muse

  • Freedom from taxation without representation caused a group of American rebels to risk lives to gain freedom from England.
  • People in wheelchairs have freedom of movement they wouldn’t have without the chairs.
  • Retired people have freedom to design their own schedules.
  • Business owners have freedom to charge what they want for their goods and services.
  • My husband has freedom to leave his hearing aids out and cut down on ambient noise – including me, or putting them in and hearing birds and other high-pitched noises and voices.
  • Interstate highways along with safer, faster cars built in the 1950s gave Americans the freedom to travel quickly across the nation.
  • We give up personal freedoms willingly
    • to keep safe – like wearing seatbelts,
    • to help people – like caring for elderly parents, to raise children,
    • to stay healthy – like staying home during COVID, to volunteer and eating vegetables instead of chocolate candy
    • to take medicine or not take medicine to cure diseases 49% of Arizonians have exercised their freedom to take the COVID vaccination.
    • to give money to causes we want to support.

Bing defines freedom as “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” The definition continues to define freedom politically as not being under the dominion of another entity, not being enslaved, being able to move around physically and away from something undesirable or harmful.

Synonyms include independent, unrestricted, flexibility, breathing space, given free rein, openness, liberation, emancipation.

Some Great Freedom Quotes

“May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.”

Peter Marshall

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be even a worse fate, you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

Winston Churchill

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.

Benjamin Franklin

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.

Sigmund Freud

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.

Adlai E. Stevenson

Now It’s Your Turn

Let this topic take you where you want to go. You have the freedom to take it anywhere.

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