Freedom, What Freedom?

Continuing on with ‘warmonth’ November and our theme we come to our next topic: Freedom. Now there are many definitions of freedom but I will take just a few from my favourite definition source 1. The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint 2. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. 3. The power to determine action without restraint. No disrespect to the soldiers who died to give us what we have today but let’s be honest with ourselves it’s not really freedom that we have. It’s what I like to call pseudo-freedom, it’s like a homeless guy with a blanket and it’s only good when it keeps him warm. Freedom is only as good as we want to it to be because the human idea and perception of freedom if skewed. If we were to analyze the definition of freedom given above and look at what we have I would have to say we are a ways bit off. Number 1 isn’t hard to prove that we do have that liberty to a certain level, unless you broke the law, or were found guilty of a crime you didn’t commit, and are behind bars or you’re a refugee being taken advantage of, you can move around and leave your home and get things done, run a business and make a living. That’s all fine and dandy, now Number 2; Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. This one is not hard to counter argue at all. Security Laws, i.e. War Measures Act, USA PATRIOT Act; are a form of external control and interference that is really and truly unnecessary for people to have, power and control that is really unregulated that the governments can abuse. Again I’m grateful that we are not in a world of oppression but at the same time, shouldn’t we question what freedom do we still have? Or has the definition of freedom changed to suit those in power?

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