Today is World Freedom Day. In many parts of the world, freedom is something that is taken for granted—the freedom to choose any religion we want (or no religion at all), the freedom to be in a relationship with the person we love, the freedom to travel…the list goes on. Unfortunately, there are many places in the world where these freedoms are not available to people who are forced to live potentially unfulfilling lives, so the rulers of their countries don’t have them thrown in jail or worse. If you don’t know what it means to be afraid to voice your opinion, then you can consider yourself very lucky to live in a place where liberty is a priority as well as a basic human right. And like all good things, liberty should be celebrated, which is what World Freedom Day is all about.
Something to Think About
Imagine for just one moment a life filled with fear that you would be arrested for living your life on your terms. That is why we celebrate freedom and why we must fight to keep our freedom and liberties.
Each day take a moment to be grateful for your freedom to live your life your way.
Words of Wisdom
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. – Thomas Jefferson
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same. – Ronald Reagan
A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. – Bob Dylan
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires. – Nelson Mandela
Freedom is never given; it is won. – A. Philip Randolph