Freedom – Essay 1.
Freedom is a very broad concept. It can be viewed from different aspects. Freedom is reflected in the right to an opinion, physical freedom, the right to choose, the right to life, the right to vote without consequences and many others.
Simplified, freedom is the right of an individual on the basic human needs without consequences from the society. It is the state of not being tied up with anything. When a person can take his or her own decisions, he or she is free. When a creature is not put in an enclosure or a cage, it experiences freedom.
Human freedom should be naturally limited, but not in all segments, but exclusively in those that have consequences on the whole society or just on an individual.
Types of Freedom
Physical freedom is every person’s fundamental right. Nobody can be detained against his or her wish unless required by law as in the case of convicted criminals. This does not include children being sent to school against their wishes or to be asked to stay at home for safety reasons. People are also bound by national and international laws for many actions.
In the case of animals, zoos are an encroachment on their freedom. Birds in cages have their freedom taken away as also the animals made to work in a circus. Animal freedom is a contentious topic because it overlaps with nutrition.
Emotional freedom is when a person is free to feel and express emotions that are experienced. In some societies, people are denied emotional freedom to appear civilized. However, it may take a toll on their mental health. However, haphazard expression of emotions may lead to chaos.
Mental freedom exists when a person can take whatever decisions he or she sees fit to improve her life and take it to its highest potential. Children are considered mentally immature to take the right decisions and so usually have decision making powers.
Personal rights and freedoms
Personal rights and freedoms are fundamental and belong to every human being as an individual, regardless of his status in the state or any other property. Personal rights and freedoms constitute a group of rights that belong to a person as a human being. Examples of human personal rights and freedoms include:
- The right to life.
- The right to privacy.
- The right to property.
- The right to freedom.
- Freedom of movement.
- Freedom of residence.
Freedom is a valid goal but must keep in mind the limitations of complete freedom. The essence of the social process is the individual, his desires and fears, passion and reason, the inclination towards good and evil. Freedom in today’s society, although it brought him rational independence from all the fetters that had been blocked in the past, at the same time isolated him. The impulse for freedom is inherent in human nature, and although it can be corrupted or suppressed, it tends to be continuously imposed.
Freedom – Essay 2
Freedom is a vital, basic need in any living form. It is connected to your basic need for survival. We are born free and unless some manipulating, external circumstances change that, all living forms love to exist in a state of freedom.
In the human world, freedom is artificially classified into many forms like freedom of speech, freedom of expression, freedom to travel, freedom to choose a religion, freedom to earn money, freedom to choose a life partner, etc. But in the animal, bird and plant kingdoms, freedom is a more natural, raw and basic quality. They just are and they exist as they were born. That is freedom. To exist in their natural state.
Freedom of expression
In most countries of the democratic world, humans have the freedom to express their opinions in whichever way or form they choose to. This is considered a basic human right. Sometimes this can be restricted in some forms of governments like dictatorship.
Freedom to exist
Most humans and the rest of the living kingdom has the freedom to exist in their natural, socially relevant state. Sometimes like in the case of criminals, prisoners, mentally ill patients this freedom is taken away. As they can be danger to the society around them. Sometimes for animals and birds too, placing them in cages or in zoos takes away their basic freedom of existence and movement.
Freedom is an essential quality for all living beings, to enjoy a happy and satisfying life.
By Janhavi (2019)
Last updated: July 1, 2019.