Freedom–where are the boundaries?

Freedom is a big word, it is important, it something that we all seek in our lifetime it is paramount!  We all seek to live our dream, to have the ability to make decisions in our lives to arrive to the point that we are independent individuals, free thinking and autonomous.

What a great gift we have as people to have this ability, this blessing of freedom, and yet it also comes with great responsibility!  While growing up, we depend on our parents a great deal as there is so much we have to learn in order to be trusted with the responsibility of freedom.  Freedom is something that we have to earn through a demonstration of our own maturity. Most of us learn the importance of working on earning the blessing of freedom through the education that is given to use by our guardians and parents through life.  If parents are doing their job, they will teach this to their children while they are young, otherwise as they grow older, they will miss out on this important concept, that freedom is something that is earned, not something just to be handed to them on a silver platter.

God has made it so that when  a child grows into adolescence, it will begin seeking his or her independence.  It is all a part of life, but often misunderstood by parents who find it hard to make the switch to accepting that this is when they have to learn things through their own experience.  The period of “rebellion” that a child goes through are only a natural time for them to begin fending for themselves in a sense.  Eventually, the “wisdom” that we attempt to teach are children will finally begin to take on a totally new form once they have passed through the difficult years of adolescence.  Just like one of my favorite quotes from Mark Twain when he said  “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”  Ha!

But when does freedom lose it’s real meaning and where is the border between freedom and abuse?  We throw that word around so easily when we would like to get something that we want.  Governments use it when they say “we are fighting to preserve our freedom” ,  Young people use it when they want to dress like they want or act like they act or do what they do.  And people in general misuse freedom to  carry on like they want online in public and wherever they fancy.

However freedom ends once it invades the privacy, individuality and the freedom of others.  If you use or rather misuse your freedom infringing on the  freedom of another, then it is no longer freedom, it then becomes abuse.  If our freedom robs the freedom of another, it is no longer freedom but rather it becomes abuse.

I believe it important to be careful with our freedoms, using them responsibility so as to preserve the freedom of those around us.  It is great to have the freedom to think and have our on opinion on matters, but it does not always mean that others who think differently than us are wrong…unless of course they want to make us think differently at the point of a gun!

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