Freedom Extended Definition

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Freedom Lives Within
Three people are walking down a New York City street. One is a Black man, one is an Asian woman, and the other person is a White man. One can easily picture the three people walking beside one another because the image is not bizarre or strange, rather; the image is completely normal. The vision is normal because these three American citizens have the freedom to walk where they choose, with whom they choose. The word freedom is often overlooked and taken for granted by those who have it. A popular idea of freedom is: “Freedom lets someone do whatever he chooses to do.” Although this thought of freedom is technically correct, the phrase barely scratches the surface of the idea of freedom.
Freedom comes from Old English freedom, meaning, "freedom, state of free will; charter, emancipation, deliverance” (Online Etymology Dictionary). Freedom includes possessing the ability to make a choice for one’s self. For example, the Black man walking down the street can choose to leave his two friends to stop and get coffee without being questioned solely because he simply wanted to buy coffee. Maybe it is Election Day and he made up his mind on the candidate best suited to hold a specific office. He is free to venture to his designated voting poll, and in personal privacy, cast his vote in peace because his personal choice of who to vote for is respected. One normally does not think of stopping at Starbucks as a freedom, while voting is considered a major freedom. Freedom does not have to be huge impactful rights, rather all of the small things that make up who Americans are.
Freedom is about the right to make decisions based on personal wants. Every American citizen exercises his right to freedom every day. Freedom resides in the Asian woman who can hit the snooze button on her alarm in the morning and pick up another ten minutes of sleep because no one…...

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