Friday, July 30, 2021

Freedom : A Responsibility, Not A Privilege

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“Here I have come to express my heart, And my friends let it not hurt, It should not be a dart, Also not a piece of dirt,
Till the end from the start, It should spread all the mirth To make a heavenly place for the humankind on Earth.”

freedom of speech (media, control, censorship)

Freedom – the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants, says the dictionary. But, I strongly believe that freedom is not something our country acquired at midnight on 15th August 1947, though we refer to it as Independence Day.

Freedom certainly is the power that should drive one to become a responsible human being in the end. However, it is important to understand that freedom is never given. It is won.

Responsibility is the force of freedom. To be free is not just to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

The freedom to love someone regardless of their gender, anywhere – is the most talked about these days. Then again, no one has the right to broadcast adultery by making love in the public parks or front of children.

India, the sovereign, secular, democratic, republic has truly lived up to its sense. “Secularism” is the equal treatment of all religions. And with glory, we can say that India has the largest Muslim population. Here comes a greater social responsibility to respect all the nation’s people despite their caste, color, creed, and religion.

Also, we see the other side of the same coin, freedom to express has taken a huge leap among the lower castes. STs and SCs are seen demanding extra rights, enter “reservations.”

Our government’s so-called impartiality is no more frowned upon and almost every other demands put forward by the minorities are being fulfilled. The minorities should, thus, put a full stop to their never-ending demands trying to inculcate in themselves a sense of social righteousness.

People, where are we heading? Freedom of expression has been taken to an infinite clause. Perhaps, the end to this is “individual consciousness.” Let’s be self-sufficient enough to defend ourselves instead of basking in the glory of victimization.

I want to conclude by reminding you of a famous quote that goes like this:

“I am free because I know I alone am responsible for everything that I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I will tolerate them. If I find them obnoxious, I will break them. I am free because I know that I alone, and I am morally responsible for everything that I do.”

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