To Be Free

Joseph Sparks

Composition I


To Be Free

As America depends on foreign commerce, this country has become the leech of languages. English thrives off the words of other countries. Many words survive with the everyday use while many shrivel into silence. Existing in the vocabulary; one word, bloated with content, enduring the years before, during, and far after the Civil War. What word is filled with such outcries from every nation of people? Freedom is the correct answer.

Robert Frost wrote, "Freedom lies in being bold," a simple and sweet answer. The definition; freedom can be defined as a state of being, moving, and thinking as a person chooses. It is the feeling of cloud nine, exposed to everything yet nothing. Also, freedom may be a state of mind that creates the illusion that one can do as he chooses. Freedom is suppressed in today's society as many countries have crumbled and fallen to ashes over the issue of how much freedom any government should give to people.

This inspirational word came from the Germanic Viking word "Fryaz" it was then adopted by Old English and turned into "Frea". The definition of the word frea, means free, not in bondage, and the word was adopted when these Vikings invaded England.

Rules, regulations, and contracts bind people into doing exactly what they say, a fine print often included. One step off the narrow road of modern-day slavery (bound by a set of rules we may not have even voted for) and away to prison the person goes. Although freedom may be a great state for all to reside in, it can not last forever, and running can explain why.

Freedom is like running; it can go on for only so long until it stumbles and eventually falls from too many voices clouding the answer of reason. If a person asked a musician if he or she records every song has recorded and put it on a CD. He/she would chuckle at the person's ignorance and say, "maybe in a free world." Obviously, freedom has been traded in for bondage, ropes, and a group of men se higher to rule over others with their whims as laws. Another illusion that people have is that Americans have freedoms that people in other countries do not have, so Americans should consider themselves lucky. Such limitations are not the point of freedom: freedom is possibilities for everyone, not a select number, individual, or nation. In many places of the world, being free is a forbidden fruit lusted and sought after, but never to be obtained. Many countries also base their governments on too much freedom, but what goes up, will ultimately crash down, as the nation fell, and broke its crown. A nation built on the freedoms of one; so they can rule over others, will not last as long as a nation built on equal representation for all the residence of that nation.

Examples of the word freedom; independence or maybe the word free, ring true to the American public. Mark Twain makes a bold statement on the mixture of wisdom and freedom. He wrote, "It is by the fortune of God that, in this country, we have three benefits: freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and the wisdom never to use either." This quote empowers the idea that; even though we have the freedoms some nations have, we have the sense not to use it. Abusing too much power can make the person go mad with power, and as the past dictates, those results are not smiled upon (example, Hitler). Jim Morrison strengthens Mark Twain's quotation with his,

"The most important kind of freedom is the freedom to be who you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for a act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on as mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's personal revolution, on the individual level. It's got to happen on the inside first. You can take away a man's political freedom and you won't hurt him- unless you take away his freedom to feel; that can destroy him. That kind of freedom can't be granted. Nobody can win it for you." Another on the facts of freedom, Jim Morrison speaks of the bondage that the person ties themselves up with the acts and scripts of today's modern-slavery atrocities.

Both of these quotations support the facts freedom is now known for. Mark Twain wrote that freedom should not be used, and Jim Morrison states freedom is traded in by many people, but if one works for freedom; it will work for the person. A well-used word, freedom inspires the greatest minds: poets, artists, and revolutionaries of all types. Given the chance, it can move mountains when a muse taps someone on the shoulder with an idea and a coy smile. The person's problem is working with what he has been given.