The Freedom to be Happy

FREEDOM.  I suppose we could all assign our own definition to this beautiful word.  Many certainly do.  In fact, some will fight to the death or at least, argue until they’re blue in the face, to defend their OWN freedoms: politically, religiously and morally.  You can see it all around, the divided groups, from high school cliques to national organizations. “They” are idiots because they do not believe as we do.  I certainly understand disagreeing with a certain philosophy, but why do we go to such extremes to condemn those who wish to share their own voice and live their own life according to their own beliefs?

Life is hard.  Especially when a person is young and the world is so big and loud and confusing.  Every year, approximately one million people commit suicide.  ONE MILLION.  Why?  Is it all mental illness?  Could some of these suicides be attributed to a world that was so harsh, that people decided to end their lives, rather than endure its condemnation?  I believe the answer is “yes.”

The United Nation’s list of Basic Human Rights leads with the following:

Article 1:

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

A spirit of brotherhood.  I think we’ve forgotten or we’re just not willing to do it ~ Treat each other as brothers and sisters who, of course, will argue… but in the end, will want each other to be happy.  It’s my dream that this will take priority over pushing our own agenda so hard that we only alienate one another. That we remember, above all else, to LOVE.

 

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Resources:

http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-statistics.html

http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

 

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