Freedom: A Wing to Fly or a Chain to Bind?

August 15, 2011

As we run through the past centuries we are in a way confused, asking ourselves, "Is freedom a wing to fly or a chain to bind?" It seems to be a wide concept, and the word "Freedom" is often used and misused without respect in the modern day. Freedom is not which sets us free but binds us to be conscientious. We are not bound by anyone's rule but we are bound by the values of the world. Every individual seeks freedom but the freedom he looks for is not to be fought carrying the weapons of worldly values but with the ones that our heart directs. Does it not matter what freedom means to others but what it means to me?
Are we created to be slaves? Human beings have started hunting down each other. A fish has a freedom to swim through water but we have made it a cynosure in our homes. Who are we to steal its freedom? Birds in the cages have become ushers of our residences. They do not have freedom to fly. Who are we to cut its wings? Cats and dogs have become entertainers in our homes, their life is no more free and easy. Who should be blamed for all this?
Arms are means to kill or threaten but to kill a person without any arms is never an end to one's suffering. Our tongues have turned into revolvers and our words into bullets to slur on others characters. Women are stabbed to death, children are being battered and abused. What kind of freedom do we desire? Human beings crawl in the stewed desires of the flesh. We move, decide, love and live according to our reasons and let out our feelings.
We are very familiar with the terms "push and pull" on the doors of shops or malls. When we see it, we are happy and it becomes a new fashion for us. Our "self" will never allow us to be pushed into or pulled out off at any time. Human beings with all their limitations are controlled by their mind. Though we disclose our external freedom, the searing desire for inner freedom is still an enigmatic conflict within us.We are able to sow seeds of freedom around us, taking courage in both hands but we are cowardis to prepare even the soil for our inner freedom. We go by the interest of the world, friends and relatives while our hearts cry for choices. We cannot believe that we are so naive to trust "ourselves".
We are being created by someone and we are being led to someone. Freedom will not be able to gain ground unless we are dependent on others. true freedom we receive when we are able to say "yes" according to our views. It is not a question of wing which helps us fly nor a chain that binds. If we are petty we are bound and if we take the wisest course of action we will be able to fly to great heights, and that is freedom.


Celebrating Freedom:

By Jaison Glen Pais, Thiruvananthapuram
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Comment on this article

  • shwetha crasta, vittal

    Tue, Aug 16 2011

    hai jaison. how are you.. nice message.
    your sister from london

  • Rayan Lobo,

    Tue, Aug 16 2011

    Once again an excelent write up on Daiji world.

    Kudos to the budding writer

  • Lancy M F, Jeppu/ B lore

    Mon, Aug 15 2011

    Great boy. Keep writing with freedom.

  • Barbara Bayer, Oman

    Mon, Aug 15 2011

    Excellent Jaison Glen Pais. Very thought provoking and intelligent writing. Makes us ponder within us to seek the right answer. God bless and enlighten us with more writings as this...

  • Rony, Pune

    Mon, Aug 15 2011

    Happy Freedom, Jaison! Nice to see a writer in you blooming.May your freedom to express thoughts in words reach the unloved!

  • Joy Rodrigues, Hangal

    Mon, Aug 15 2011

    Dear Jason Pais
    Thanks for your article. I wish that our freedom may be a wing to fly rather than chain to bind.

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