How free are you? Really?
What is freedom? Are you actually free anymore? You're an American, yeah, but does that really mean you have freedom? Well, the answer to that depends on what freedom is.
I like the following definition the best. Google’s online dictionary says that freedom is “the power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.”
Far too often we think of freedom in political terms. That government oppresses the freedoms of those people. What is going on in China, the Middle East, North Korea and the old Soviet Bloc, to name a few, are perfect examples of infringements on political freedoms, but I’m not really talking about that. I am referring to something much more basic.
Freedom = More Options
The freedom I’m talking about cannot be granted by governments, rulers or dictators; it is earned from the choices we make and the things we do. It makes perfect sense, right? If you don’t save money for retirement, you’re not going to be free to, well, retire.
You’ll have to depend on the good graces of family and friends, or if you’re really lucky (and yes I am being facetious) you can ask the government for help if you are willing to give up a few more freedoms on the way to comply with their rules.v
Freedom is the ability to do what you want, when you want, and in the way you want to do it. The thing about it, however, is that other people (and their organizations) cannot give that kind of freedom. It is something we are born with, right? Inalienable rights and such.
These rights, these freedoms, are kind of like talents we have when we were born. People who work on, nurture and develop these talents find they provide resources — options they would not have had otherwise.
The fact remains, those who do nothing to develop their own talents and/or resources must depend on others for things they need, and we all know what happens when we start down that road: people begin to feel entitled. Those of us who have prepared, sacrificed and done what is necessary to ensure we are free somehow owe it to those who haven’t prepared simply because we have and they have not.
Look, I always tell my kids, “Prepare now so you have more options in the future, or prepare yourself for no options at all.” Options are freedom, and preparation gives us options. More importantly, being self sufficient and prepared eliminates stress, and less stress makes us less likely to make decisions that we will regret later. Further, being well prepared allows us the option to help others instead of having to ask for help.
In my humble opinion, this is what it all boils down to: each of us has free will. Being responsible for our own actions builds character and confidence. Self-reliance offers independence, a good work ethic and self-respect. Plus when you’re prepared for emergencies, they just don’t seem like emergencies; instead, they’re just another thing to manage.
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Stay safe, be prepared and do something thoughtful for a stranger today. It will make you smile.
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