The price of freedom

Freedom has something or everything to do with being free. Being free to make choices, live our lives and enjoy the freedom. Freedom has a badge that says one has made a decision to be responsible for self and will not consciously seek to hinder another person’s freedom by embellishing their own.

Freedom is an enigmatic development that is a bad master. When we cannot master our freedom we run the gauntlet and at the end of it we find ourselves no freer, but slaves again. Therefore one cannot be entirely free and live to enjoy it without realizing and mastering the confines of their freedom.

Freedom is an excellent byword but an ugly password. I have seen people abuse liberties in the name of freedom. Nations have plunged to the lowest depths of immorality in the name of self-induced liberties. Societies find themselves with no moral fibre to stick them together because its inhabitants deem themselves too free to stick with others.

We have used freedom to live broken lives , we have cut communication lines citing being free enough, we have defied nature and all odds of common sense on grounds of being free, but freedom cannot bring slavery, so is the animal that we defensively raise to our defence when we are called to account really freedom?

What is freedom when our children cannot be subject to the same discipline that made us who we are today? What freedom is the choice to terminate a pregnancy conceived in a one night stand in a bid to assert independence? What freedom is the choice to indulge in activities destined and only marked for the marital bed? What is the freedom when we seek overnight riches by robbing the dead and starving the orphans and widows?

I have come to a conviction that all embellished freedoms have limits. When still staying with my parents I was free to be out as long as I like – as long as I was in their house by 2000hrs!! Henry Ford gave everyone the freedom to buy a Ford of their colour – as long as it was black!! Every facet of freedom has a mirror perspective and only fools will take their freedom too far to the extent of it enslaving them.

We cannot be free to destroy ourselves, we cannot be free to refuse to obey, we cannot be free to rebel against norms, and it cannot be called freedom. Yet we cannot be free to abuse our liberties, opportunities, chances, blessings and priviledges. When we become so free that our liberties master us then we are worse than slaves.

When the sun rises tomorrow , check your freedom mirror , for all the freedoms granted you , master them and not let them enslave you for there is nothing as disgusting as one enslaved by the abuse of their freedom.

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