In response to…
I associate the word ‘liberty’ with freedom, wanderlust, autonomy, self-governance, self-definition; the ability to do whatever I want, whenever I want as long as I don’t impede on another’s liberty. As an American, I have been told from the time I was able to understand the English language, that I have been born with the right to liberty, along with those other two – life and the pursuit of happiness. Isn’t this fact the reason why America is supposed to be so great?
As I continue through my life’s journey, I am increasingly aware that liberty is disappearing, not only from the ‘great’ America, but also from my own daily life. Bit-by-bit, I am mindful that the ideas I listed above are slipping from my grasp as I anxiously claw to save them.
I believe my journey must now take a hard left. I must pursue true liberty in my day-to-day, in my neighborhood, city and country. Necessity drives me to shout who I am in the face of those who attempt to define me. The hunger for emancipation grows within me; cultivated by the very entity which seeks to starve it.
Didn’t someone important from long, long ago say, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”?