In an NPR Radio news story, people submitted their definitions of freedom as related to the recent overthrow or change of government or whatever you wish to call it in Egypt. Two of the definitions caught my attention.
Freedom is when you can do whatever you want.
Freedom is when you cannot do whatever you want and you are okay with that.
Citizens of countries (and destroyers of governments) are asking themselves the same question. How do you define freedom?
There are so many levels to this question. Freedom seems to be a simple concept. The two statements above prove otherwise.
Your blog exercise today is to define freedom in a post on your blog.
Why? Why should your readers care what you think about the concept of freedom?
Talking about what freedom means to you is a chance for you to share your views, your perspective on your beliefs. It is a chance to discuss how your views about freedom have changed over time, especially the past few years as dictatorship governments dictatorship and suppression of rights are being challenged by their citizens. Even China, while adhering to their Communist controls publicly, are softening towards a more open policy, though they still have a long way to go. The world is changing and this is your chance to have your say on freedom.
That’s the world view. Let’s narrow this down to the blog view.
You are the ruler of your blog. You have the right to publish whatever you want. Have you let your citizens (readers) know your rules on what you publish? Does your site proudly state its purpose and content topics clearly so everyone recognizes it when they arrive on your site?
You have the right to control comments, turning them on or off or restricting what people can say in the comments, editing or deleting them as you go. Do you have a clear comments policy stating the rules of your comment box?
You have the right to control your content and how it is is used by others. Is your copyright statement and policy clearly marked and explained?
You have many other rights as a blogger to control what happens on your blog and with your content. Make sure your citizens know what those rules are on your site as you define what freedom for you and your site means to you.