In the chaos of war that day in Yorktown, what was the prize of the long efforts of every man in the American army, what was the point of fighting, and what was the cause of the great American Revolution? What was the flicker of light in the soldiers' eyes, the hope inside every soul, the necessity of life? Freedom! The desire to live in absence of restraint; under a rational, humanist, and reasonable government. It was this desire that ignited the conflict to separate from inter-continental oppression. The victory at Yorktown quenched the thirst of the American soldier for freedom.
What motivation did the simple farmer and everyday person of the newly united colonies have to bite the hand that fed them? That individual had the simple hope of being able to be led and controlled only by the inner restraints, not external pressure. What is, then, this freedom? According to Wikipedia, it is the presence of peace within an inner system, whether it is on political, social, intellectual, or spiritual values.
It is the purpose of life, which constitutes the ability of free will and individuality as it allows for the ability to make choices. The war promised the future offspring of all these simple men a hope. Freedom.
This deceivingly simple concept is somewhat more complex than what anticipation serves the mind. It is a dependent idea, affected by the environment around it. Freedom is understood to mean a state of absence of restraint, however, in real life, there can never be total non-subjugation. In my personal perspective, it is being granted protection from oppression and having rights while living understandingly, respectively, and responsibly. There are laws by which freedom abides; the laws of the governments the free people live in. These laws can cause one to...