This question brings me to those crazy teenage years of mine when all I wanted was freedom. Freedom from, what was in my mind, parental tyranny and lack of choices and the ability to make my own decisions. At that moment. all that freedom meant to me, was the ability to do what I wanted when I wanted to do it. What I didn’t understand about freedom back than and what most young people don’t understand, is that responsibility comes with freedom. All I wanted to know about freedom was no curfew, no one telling me what to do, no chores, the whole “I am going to do what I am going to do”.
Than it happens, you are unleashed from your teenage years and become an “adult” and you have your “freedom”. That’s when you find out that sure, you can do anything that you want to, only as long as you can pay for it. Freedom costs money. While you live under my roof, you live by my rules. Remember that phrase? When you start paying rent than you get a healthy understanding of the price of freedom. Money and freedom have an interesting dynamic. Money doesn’t necessarily buy freedom but it does help to enjoy it.
Freedom is a gift, a responsibility and something that we should never take for granted. It is an ideal worthy fighting for, those protestors at Wall Street in New York are protesting for, I would argue, their lost freedom of opportunity. You don’t appreciate what you have until you have lost it or are in danger of losing it. I have the impression that they will not stop protesting until they sense that their freedoms are restored and safe.