Freedom is a Privilege

Freedom is always taken for granted by citizens living in a country or city.

Luckily, we never think twice before we step out of the house for an errand or work.

Thanks to our surroundings, which are kept under constant vigil for any stirs, which could be caused by some resilient human.We do not take this freedom seriously unless and until we are faced with a situation where we have to think twice before taking any action.

An Incident in my neighborhood

I woke up on Tuesday morning with the sound of a gunshot in my neighborhood where a man had shot his co-workers and was armed and in the neighborhood. SWAT Team was in our neighborhood trying to get hold of this man since he was equipped with a weapon and could be dangerous. He was chased around but to no luck.

Being a residential area, he went into hiding and was difficult to be spotted. However, life was trying to be normal for many people by dropping their kids to school and trying to wear a smile as if things are under control.

Unfortunately, this man who was into hiding tried to car jack and injured a woman while doing so.

That created another loud sound of a bullet and brought everyone to a standstill.

Schools were put on code blue and helicopters were swirling around. Civilians were popping their heads out of their window curiously and would get updates via email of the situation and via reverse 911 calls.

This is not a pleasant situation to be in. Civilians were thinking twice before stepping out of their homes, and when the time for school departure came; parents were cautious to drive their kid back home instead of walking them back home.

Everyone wanted to take shelter. There was no activity in our local park that evening. People chose to come home early and preferred to stay indoors. This made the toddlers curious. Children five years and above were made aware of what’s happening around in their neighborhood via the schools. They were scared stiff and wanted updates by the hour once home.

Parents were hooked on the hourly news and prayed for everyone’s safety. It was not a pleasant scenario, and it made me suffocate in my home.

The SWAT Team was efficient and found him by twilight. News of the captured convict spread like viral. People were jubilant, and practically the whole neighborhood was out on the street.

People were seen talking to their neighbors as if it had been days they had seen each other. There was a momentous sigh of relief on each and everyone’s faces.

Freedom is a privilege

Freedom, when constricted makes one asphyxiated. We all are born free individuals, and when such incident happens, it makes us realize that the freedom is precious and always treasured.

Let us Ponder over the countries where there is political unrest.

Made me think of all the human beings in the countries where there is constant turmoil and political unrest.

How do they live their lives?

In constant fear, or they must be living life EACH day. If, they get to see their loved one back home that an evening...it is a YAY or else a NAY.

The Value of Freedom

Freedom...this is when you realize what it means.

Unfortunately, it does not come free, and there are some humans who prefer to get trained in that field so that they can fight for freedom when the time comes.

We, the people do not want War, and our trained forces help keep sanity in our town and give us Freedom. They help fight for our freedom and keep their lives at stake. Such a noble and selfless act is not easy to perform.

Life is precious for all but, and some choose to live to protect others. Such people are rare species. They are a symbol of chivalry and gallantry.

A Salute to our armed forces.

I take this opportunity to salute such humans who want to keep the sanity of the town by sacrificing their lives since it is not an easy decision to give away your life over others.

Jai Ho!

A Beautiful song by Bobby Darin on a Simple Song of Freedom

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Comments 32 comments

Brenda 5 years ago

I agree Freedom is usually taken for granted and a man can only find it valuable IF taken away.

voted way way up! loved the perspective am hoping your city and your civilians were safe when all this ended.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello Brenda,

thanks for dropping by with your precious input. Yes, we tend to treasure things once they go away. Thank god, my freedom was in bondage for a few hours...feel bad for those who have none :(


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daydreamer13 5 years ago

I hear ya! Excellent hub!!


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manthy 5 years ago from Alabama,USA

I love this hub and the youtube of Bobby Darin was awesome.

Voted up and awesome


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

hello daybdreamer13...good to hear from you. Thank you for your precious feedback.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello Manthy,

Thank you for stopping by. Am glad you loved this hub.

Freedom is precious and we ought to treasure it and count it as a blessing.

Cheers!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this must have been horific, it actually happened in a similar way to my friend who lived in the next town, she heard a gunshot and went straight to the window to see what was going on! her husband dragged her back! its not something that happens over here very often so it was shocking, freedom is something we should never take for granted, rated up! cheers nell


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

What a horrible situation. So many people live in fear. Freedom is not free. Battles have been fought since the beginning of time, yet people are still in bondage in many places. I am so thankful to be living where we still enjoy freedom. Great Hub..Thank you...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have often wondered how terrible it must be to live in some of those war torn countries and am glad I do not. Excellent hub for sure! I am so glad my kids can go to school with out a worry and I can run around town alone shopping for instance. I think many of us take that liberty for granted.

Voted up and everything!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hello Ruchira, what a frightening experience for you and your neighbourhood.

We tend to take freedom for granted, when we should constantly be thankful.

Excellent hub and voting up all the way, best wishes MM


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello Nell,

I used to hear in the news about an armed man in a particular neighborhood but, little did I realize the impact it had in "that" neighborhood until it happened in mine. I felt suffocated but, a BIG thank you to our armed men who took full charge of it and caught him in time.

Thank you for stopping by with your feedback...appreciated it!


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Ruby,

Yes, I treasure this freedom more after that experience and thank god for my karma's that I am living in a free country :)

Thank you for your valuable feedback on the above hub.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi RealHouseWife,

I agree with ya...not being able to do one's chores and being dependent on the environment makes us feel very insecure. Thank God for a Free country!

Thank you for stopping by with your precious input :)


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi MovieMAster,

Yes, we do tend to take things for granted esp the one's which we did not fight for...Makes one realize that it is a blessing to have the above 'cause there are many people in some countries praying for that...Amen!

Thank you for your read and feedback :)


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Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

I have lived in a foreign country with, at the time, the worst crime rates in the world outside of war zones. Every day I'd think fondly of the Freedom we have in the US (where I'm from).

The way we dealt with the constant adrenalin rush? The constant fear of imminent death--or worse, torture, rape, and then murder? Well you tend to live more secluded behind big walls, attack dogs, kids don't play outside like they do here. Everyone was always on edge. You could never relax. It wasn't really life at all.

Freedom isn't free. But we need to remember that starting wars isn't freedom, either. Wars are generally fought to make the people in power rich from selling ammunition, guns, and tanks. I only agree with war when we are attacked on our own soil. Peace!


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello Faceless39,

I agree...Wars do not signify peace. however, when peace cannot be brought under control then, man has to push his boundaries to bring amenity in his country/neighborhood.

Fortunate people who are surrounded by peace do not realize it to be their blessing. I was one of them and when faced with the situation made me realize the importance of it.

thank you for your read and your feedback...appreciated it!


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makusr 5 years ago from India

Ruchira,

Greetings from MAKUSR. We don't cherish or value freedom because we take it for granted. Freedom is all about making choices. Therefore freedom is a value added word with deep meaning. I am so happy that you brought forth a wonderful topic for discussion.

Lots of love,

MAKUSR


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello Makusr,

I agree...Freedom is all about making choices and some of us are fortunate to make such choices without realizing how precious this feeling is. We tend to realize the importance of it once, it is kept on hold.

Thank you for your read and feedback.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Gauri1234,

Good to see you :) Thanks for stopping by...appreciate it.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

I am saluting the armed forces with you, Ruchira. My son-in-law is in the Police Force, endangering his life daily to protect law-abiding citizens against criminals. The crime rate in SA is of the highest in the world.


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States Author

Hi Martie,

Thanks for your support. Your son-in-law is gaining lot of good karma points by serving the country and his people.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Freedom is a state of inner consciousness. It is related to what one expects from life.

Your perception is very interesting.

Good work


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Beautiful hub. I know that so many people all over the world wonder if their home could be targeted. Freedom isn't free; I also think citizens of every country need to be vigilant so that their leaders don't impinge on their freedoms, too. Great tribute. Voting up and I/B/A


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi vinaya

I am glad you like my perception in the above hub:) cheers n thanks for your valuable feedback....appreciate it.

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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Hi cyndi

I agree. You have pointed out some good points. Freedom is precious and we ought a appreciate it and thank people who fight on behalf of us.

Libya, Syria are at it's worst times and that just makes us feel thankful.

Thanks for stopping by...appreciate it


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

Ruchira,

Thanks for cherishing freedom with this brilliant article. Yes, it is not to be taken for granted - and we are all fortunate to be able to have it and make choices for our lives. Some in countries where there is political unrest like you've mentioned are not able to even have this simple privilege. Well written, voted up!


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I agree with you - it is a privilege and one I hold very dear! Thank you for sharing your story with us!


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shampa sadhya 4 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

Hello Ruchira,

Voted up, useful and awesome!

Your thought is crystal clear. It is written very accurately but the tragedy lies in us, the citizens. We know the consequences but never try to maintain properly what we have. Thanks for the nice hub and sharing it.


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

No matter how much freedom one has in any nation or city, many things will be taken for granted. Situations like these are frightful validations of that horrid fact. It is a great ending that the SWAT found the shooter and violator. Salute to our troops and officers :0

Voted up and shared!


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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Great article! Freedom is not free! We have freedom because of those who have sacrificed their lives to fight for it for us. I can really feel for your neighborhood the day the SWAT team descended on you all to catch the bad guy. I can see how you would feel your freedom was being restricted because it was. Thank you for reminding us the importance of not taking freedom for granted!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Michelle, Candie V, Shampa, Keith, Suzettenaples.

Freedom is precious and we do not realize it until it is taken away from us.

A Salute to our Veterans on this special day!


IntegrityYes 4 years ago

That is emotional and deep and I voted up for sure.

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