Students’ Corner – Freedom and Independence



Freedom and Independence

by Anna K.

Recently, there has been a great deal of controversy over the important values of life. More and more people tend to believe that security would be of the utmost importance due to escalating wars and the rapid climax of terrorism. Nevertheless, the opponents of this view maintain that freedom and independence should be the deciding factor of people’s notions and way of thinking. I firmly believe that having freedomand independence is much more crucial.

Initially, under no circumstancesshould people underestimate and disregard the fact that many people have struggled and dedicated their own lives to earn the right to freedom. As a matter of fact, Nelson Mandela once said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Thus, why are people not thrilled about such an enormous attempt and why do they disdain the right and value fo freedom?

Undoubtedly, freedom of speech and opinion is much more important than security, due to the fact that the ‘boon’ of expressing your personality and personal identity may conclude in having a healthy and delightful life.

It must be conceded, however, that people should be protected and have security, because more and more of them live in fear and are insecure about their life and as a repercussion, are not actually free. Notwithstanding, being free includes being secured, but having security does not lead to independence.

Thus, people should not deprive other’s freedom, but to respect and appreciate the rights and values in life. Moreover, people should consciously strive for their freedom with the aim of expressing their meaning in life.

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