Land Of The Free?

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The Land of the Free? Many people in the world have their own views and ideas of what freedom really is. However, freedom really narrows down to the same basic point. Freedom is the state of being free, exemption from power and control of another. It is independence and liberty. Freedom is the right of individuals to act as they choose. The quality of being exempt or released from something is another definition of freedom. Freedom has a broad range of application from total absence of restraint to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated. Freedom is a word that in the past has defined our culture and society, however in current times the term's broader meaning can lead us to question just how free we really are.

Raymin 2 The Oxford English Dictionary defines freedom as a noun, "The absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action."

"Liberation from slavery or restraint from the power of another." This denotation of the word is a narrow and basic definition. Currently in the United States this out-dated meaning of freedom is overlooked. We consider freedom a right and therefore take it for granted in these terms. However, in overlooking certain aspects of the word it has gained more current usages covering broader and more up to date topics.

The next generation will grow up thinking of freedom as an ever-expanding privilege, they want to have more freedom as they get older. They want to have that sense of independence, to show off their abilities to survive on their own. At age sixteen many teens are given their first real opportunity of freedom, a driver's license. This is the teen's chance to show that they are responsible enough to be given freedom. As they grow up they...