Photo by Kristi Crutchfield Cox

Freedom,  a very difficult word to define, yet one that has been fought for by every culture, religion, non religion, ethnicity and gender. It has been fought for more recently, by individuals who want to have their experience of love and life recognized legally. It is written into our constitution as an inalienable right, one inherent in our country's history, yet at times, a concept held by some away from others.

Freedom, the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action as defined by Webster Dictionary, is a cultural, legal, philosophical and emotional concept, one whose meaning actually shifts based on individuals and situation. In essence, context.

But having the maturity to handle freedom is something a bit trickier. Maturity, in this case, is not something simply granted once one reaches a certain age, and yet, we have become a society bent on defining ourselves as mature even if our behavior indicates a possible arrested development of logic and reason. We demand freedom and rights while behaving in a manner which harms our own purpose. We have riots as means of communication, forgetting that societies that evolve do so from developing their minds and ability to listen, process and respond. We get angry and stomp our feet, ranting and raving on web sites about wrongs we feel have occurred. We forget the collateral damage of armchair warriors hidden behind keyboards. We claim free speech while not assuming responsibility for our words.

 

Photo by Kristi Crutchfield Cox Freedom,  a very difficult word to define, yet one that has been fought for by every culture, religion, non religion, ethnicity and gender. It has been fought for more recently, by individuals who want to have their experience of love and life recognized legally. It is written into our constitution as an inalienable right, one inherent in our country's history, yet at times, a concept held by some away from others. Freedom, the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action as defined by Webster Dictionary, is a cultural, legal, philosophical and emotional concept, one whose meaning actually shifts based on individuals and situation. In essence, context. But having the maturity to handle freedom is something a bit trickier. Maturity, in this case, is not something simply granted once one reaches a certain age, and yet, we have become a society bent on defining ourselves as mature even if our behavior indicates a possible arrested development of logic and reason. We demand freedom and rights while behaving in a manner which harms our own purpose. We have riots as means of communication, forgetting that societies that evolve do so from developing their minds and ability to listen, process and respond. We get angry and stomp our feet, ranting and raving on web sites about wrongs we feel have occurred. We forget the collateral damage of armchair warriors hidden behind keyboards. We claim free speech while not assuming responsibility for our words.