WHAT LIBERTY MEANS TO ME


By Akin Ojumu

As the saying goes, “different strokes for different folks.” Independence means many things to many people. To be independent is to be free. Freedom is to be granted a liberty license. 

For me, independence represents:

Freedom of Assembly.
Freedom of Association.
Freedom of Belief.
Freedom of Faith.
Freedom of Choice.
Freedom of Thought.
Freedom of Expression.
Freedom of Opinion.
Freedom of Self-actualization.
Freedom of Self-determination.
Freedom from Bondage.
Freedom from Coercion.
Freedom from Deception.
Freedom from Conspiracy Theory.
Freedom from Misinformation.
Freedom from Manipulation.
Freedom from Groupthink.
Freedom from Herd Mentality.
Freedom from Peer pressure.
Freedom from Bad Habit.
Freedom from Indebtedness.
Freedom from Backwardness.
Freedom from Shortsightedness.
Freedom from Small-mindedness.
Freedom to be Simply ME.

On this 4th of July, what is it that you are celebrating? What liberty are you jubilating? For this Independence Day to have any meaning, you must know what it represents to you. Until you understand what today represents to you, your cookout and hangout will amount to nothing more than just another ceremonial gratification and meaningless annual gyration of gastronomic indulgence.

Nevertheless, and whatever the case may be for you, Happy 4th of July all the same!

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