Freedom is not fun. It is not the same as individual happiness, nor is it security or peace or progress. It is a responsible choice. Freedom is not so much a right as a duty. Real freedom is not freedom from something; that would be license. It is freedom to choose between doing or not doing something, to act one way or another, to hold one belief or the opposite. (click for full article) -Peter Drucker
Our world is focusing on freedom. The war in Iraq is about bringing freedom to the Iraqi people. Battles about the US Supreme court appointees are because people are afraid of losing their "freedoms."
"Don't tell me what I can or cannot do!"
"Don't tell me where I can go or what I can do with my body!"
"Don't tell me I'm wrong!"
But freedom is not about the right to do anything we want. It is about the freedom to take responsibility and ownership. Too many people think that they are free to do anything they want, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else.
Your and my decisions do impact others, even if they don't appear to. The woman going for an abortion is making a choice that impacts others...her child, her family, and herself. She might have the freedom of "choice," but her real freedom of choice came the moment she engaged in the behavior that caused the pregnancy.
The man engaging in his "freedom" to do drugs, smoke marijuana, drink himself into a stupor, has made decisions that impact others. At the very least, he has allowed him talents and gifts to the world to be usurped and be burned up in a hazy smoke.
Yes, I believe in freedom. But our freedom is not for our pleasure. It is not to do whatever I want. It is a freedom to live responsibility, to become a part of our community, to bless and strengthen others, and to make this world a little better because we are a part of it.
Just some early morning random thoughts.........