Freedom Essay

1025 Words Aug 20th, 2010 5 Pages
Freedom does not mean license, but the wisdom to choose what is right for oneself

‘Freedom’, be it from fellow humans, prevalent customs, way of life or society, is a word that symbolises man’s intrinsic nature and individuality. It is a feeling that has been experienced and expounded differently by different people: freedom- the ultimate goal of thousands of revolutions, the ideal that inflamed the minds of myriads of nameless, faceless people and their illustrious leaders.
Battles for freedom everywhere are coeval with the beginning of hierarchy and civilisation. They are being fought all the time, albeit on different scales. And in all these struggles or movements, the definition of ‘freedom’ is almost always different. This is
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A prime example of this common but nevertheless colossal misinterpretation of the idea of freedom is the age old conflict between generations. Since time immemorial, youth have seen themselves as harbingers of change and grab every chance they get to overthrow the ‘superannuated old order’. They don’t seem to spare a thought for the validity or the efficiency of the time- honoured systems that they work so hard to denigrate, nor do they realise how their chosen path can even lead them to destruction. They tout themselves as vociferous exponents of change and seem to see freedom as a tool to break the ‘shackles’ of control and guidance imposed upon them by their elders, disregarding the fact that all restrictions and rules imposed by society were aimed at maximising human welfare, though it must be conceded that the end result may sometimes be quite different.
Heraclitus noted very long ago that “There is nothing permanent except change”. And in the same way, human needs and requirements also do change over time, invalidating many old customs and practices. Going by an erroneous understanding of freedom, youngsters criticise their elders’ ‘conservatism’ and celebrate everything that deviates from established norms, regardless of their potential outcome. The thin line of differentiation between freedom and license is very often a tricky one to negotiate. Many parents fall into a dilemma when they try to determine exactly

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