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Your Entitlement - Freedom

Updated on August 3, 2011
Statues at Easter Island
Statues at Easter Island

Do you know what having your own personal freedom means? If you do - fantastic! If you think you do and want to learn more, read on.

People who have the attitude “the world owes me” are in denial; denial that they live in the most free country in the whole world. Their eyes are closed.

Of course, there is the person who only complains in certain areas of their life, and thinks they are grateful for the good in their lives.

You and I have freedoms we never even think about. When was the last time you had to wait in a mile-long line to purchase gas? When was the last time you chose to go to church, the doctors, and the hospital; and were able to do so?

When is the last time you said a prayer, silent or not, and no one called you out for it?

You and I have the freedom to write hubs on hubpages, controversial or not. We have the freedom to search the internet with out anyone looking over our shoulders and censoring our moves.

We have the freedom to worship how we choose, when we choose and where we choose. We can pray without fear of imprisonment.

We even have the freedom to not pray.

We have the freedom to sit around and chat about any one and any thing, and no one will stop us.

We have the freedom to sleep in or stay up late. We can drive our cars any place and we can fill the gas tank at our choosing, with whatever gas we choose. We can work any where we please.

We can invent, write stories, make movies, get rich, go broke and no one is regulating us. We are truly free!

We can hire a nanny or quit work and raise our own kids. We can send them to any school we want, (well, mostly) as Americans. We can send them to school or home school - we have a choice.

We have the freedom to wear as little or as much clothing as we desire (as long as we wear something).

We can buy whatever food we want - whether it is good or bad for us. We can cook or go to a restaurant and not feel intimidated.

Mostly, our homes are warm and cool when needed. We have fantastic homes. Even the poorest of homes in America are like castles to other parts of the world. We are free to improve, buy and sell homes, at will.

We are free to take a job that will benefit us. We can earn college money and know it will be used for college.

We have the freedom (not the “right”) to decent medical care when we need it. We don’t have to wait in line or put our name on a list. We call, make an appointment and go. We are free to make our own choices. If we do not care for the way our doctor conducts themselves, we have the freedom to go some place else.

I was born into freedom. I was not born into a country where I would be eliminated because I was a girl. I was not born into a country where I would have been taken from my parents until I was five and then returned, brainwashed.

I had the freedom to obtain a good education while I was growing up. I also had the freedom to go to college - my choice. I had the freedom to pursue my dreams.

I now have the freedom to praise and pray for the soldiers who go to battle for our country, and to respect them. They are fighting the good fight and they are the reason I am free and you are free.

So what am I entitled to? Nothing really. The Bill of Rights exists to ensure our freedom to be you and me. It does not entitle me to any thing. I am free to choose.

However, I am expected to appreciate my country and to vote when I know my voice will make a difference. I am I am expected to honor my family by supporting the war efforts. Even if I were not expected to, I would.

Also, I have the freedom to not appreciate my country and to not pay any attention to government.

It’s really up to me and you, what we do.

I implore you to not take any of your freedoms for granted. We may not always be so blessed as to always have our freedom.

Make a list and you will be surprised what freedom you have that others do not have.

We are free to fight for our country’s freedom. We are free to die for our country. And we are free to live for our country.


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      Pixienot 6 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      Dear Epigramman, I am honored. Thank you so much for your very kind words.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....yes this is true and what is more importantly as a reader of your hub(s) ..... you write so freely and purely that I just want to pay tribute here to your great heart and probing mind - and thank you for this enlightenment, wisdom and your unique point of view.

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      Pixienot 6 years ago from Clarksville, Indiana

      Dear Tom,

      Thank you so much for your comment. As you know, I was not talking about money. However, since you brought it up, you know nothing in life is ever really free; even freedom has its price.

      My point in the article is that already as well as ongoing our troups and their families are paying the price; the price to purchase the Easter Island Statues, as well as other things.

      Freedom is not free, however, it should be appreciated!


      You are so right about the politics. It is a sign that America is ill. All Americans need to pay close attention to what is going on and not vote "popular" but vote "most helpful."

      I, too, am a bit worried about the future of America. I'm sadly afraid that in not too many years our Free America will not exist.

      We can take it back, but we ALL have to be diligent in what we do, and what we ask for.

      Thank you both for your comments.


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      Tom 6 years ago

      Freedom is not always free. The carving you show on Easter Island, was it paid for or was it free. My question is if it was not free, who paid for it and how much. Great posting and as for politics, don't worry, be happy.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Freedom is a Wonderful thing to have in our Country...However, having said that, the Politics of late have ME worried for the first time in my Life Time. Pixienot, you have written a Wonderful and Beautiful Hub on the subject of Freedom and I for one hope it will always read that way! Thank you my friend.