The first amendment gives us freedom of speech, press, religion and most importantly, freedom of assembly. This brings us to the recent shooting of a black eighteen-year old, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri by a white police officer. Many people, taking advantage of the freedom to assemble, have protested because they believe that the officer shot Michael Brown because of his race. The first amendment gives them a right to protest peacefully without fear of harm.
This freedom is important to all American people and myself. This freedom allows us to stand up for what we believe in, together as a group. It allows us to fight for what is right. It is important to me because it helps me stay true to what I believe in. We are protected by this right. If the American people dislike a law, they can protest it. This right is important to me also, because I can stand up for others and myself. Freedom of assembly is important to the United States because it gives the citizens a united voice.
Moksha Sharma (16)
Chattrabhuj Narsee Memorial School, Mumbai
In our country, we have been provided with some fundamental rights which include freedom of many things like education, speech, etc. But have we really been given these freedoms? By listening to the word ‘freedom’ people might start making their own perceptions. Some may take it lightly and thus misuse it while the others might take it greatly and make ample use of it. It depends entirely on an individual as to how he wants to take his freedom ahead.
People everywhere dream of freedom. Children might think of freedom as a license to do whatever they want to do and there wouldn’t be any restrictions on them. Teenagers might think of freedom as being able to go to college all by themselves, carrying and showing off their expensive mobile phones and a license of skipping lectures.
I believe that freedom has both good and bad effects. It can either make a person or break a person. It can make a person independent but it can also make a person get influenced by wrong company. Freedom to me is to be able to make decisions and choices independently, to be able to breathe freely. As a girl, freedom is the most important thing in my life to live confidently. By this I mean, being allowed to choose the career that I want to pursue. By doing so I’ll be able to give my best to my work.
To me freedom is getting an opportunity to know who I really am and discovering my strengths and weaknesses. By this would help me to be strong and face the world without any fears because then I’ll know myself in and out.
To me freedom is living the way I want to, wearing clothes that I like, eating what I relish, speaking to whomsoever I want to or going to wherever my mind wanders to. This freedom would allow me to be stress free and enjoy each and every second that I live in this world.[perfectpullquote align=”right” color=”#d3d9ce” class=”rblog” ]To me freedom is to be able to connect with our responsibilities. By taking charge of things, we get to experience immense happiness and satisfaction.[/perfectpullquote]
Freedom to me is much more than its literal sense. It is rights that are unconditional and issued to every citizen. To me freedom is to let lower class people actually live their lives without getting insulted and abused. It is to let every child in our country to study so that this world can be transformed into a better place to breathe in and throw away child labour and things like these from our society.
Freedom is the basis of reason. To be able to question everything before blindly accepting my fate. To question what is right and what is wrong without being afraid of any threats. Freedom to me is the only way for a caged bird to achieve happiness, for pet animals to wander about in free space. Freedom is to let them be alone without injuring or killing them resulting in ecological imbalance and loss of natural beauty.
To me freedom is to be able to connect with our responsibilities. By taking charge of things, we get to experience immense happiness and satisfaction. It gives us a chance to know how much of a work load we can handle at a time and how well we are able to manage.
But does freedom really exist? Our country has lost the freedom as time has gone by. To some freedom is still nothing but a dream. We say that we attained freedom a long time ago but are we making effective use of it? All this forces me to think about various people that suffer and the world that continues to neglect them. I can only hope for the best and let time be the one to give freedom to everyone.
This article has been published in the August 2015 issue of The Teenager Today.