Following A Dream Toward FreedomFreedom was and still is the dream of every American. Freedom isdefined as the liberty of choice or action, self-determination of rationalbeings, the right to enjoy privileges of membership or citizenship, andindependence. The natural rights of all men have been stated as “life, liberty,and the puruit of happiness. ” In order for freedom to exist, people must takeon the responsibility to pursue and maintain their dream.
The dream of freedom requires people to take responsibility to governthemselves in a way in which freedom can succeed without chaos. Civilizationshave used governmental law and social rules to regulate their citizens. Peoplemust maintain a direct hold on their government and society through their lawsand social structure, allowing for each individual within their citizenship tokeep their own identity while participating in the civilization as a whole. When people take on the responsibility of their citizenship and follow the lawsand rules founded for them, freedom is allowed to work for everyone. “In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to aworld founded upon four essential human freedoms,” stated Franklin Roosevelt inhis 1941 President’s Annual Address to Congress.
“The first is freedom ofspeech and expression-everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of everyperson to worship God in his own way-everywhere in the world. The third isfreedom want-which, translated into world terms, means economic understandingswhich will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world. The forth is freedom from fear-which, translated intoworld terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and insuch a through fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act ofphysical aggrestion against any neighbor-anywhere in the world,” statedPresident Roosevelt. The first Americans followed their dream toward freedom by coming toAmerica and founding the colonies which have evoled into the cities and townspresent to this day.
The officers and soldiers of our great country followedtheir dream toward freedom by fighting and sacrificing their lives for thefreedoms which are enjoyed and greatly appreciated today. Civil rights andwomen’s rights leaders followed their dream toward freedom by achievingequality among all american citizens. As President Frankin D. Roosevelt statedin 1941, these four freedoms are still essential today. Not just in ourcountry, “but everywhere in the world.
” We, as human beings have the right tothese freedoms and the responsibility to make a dream toward freedom come true. REFERENCEFinch, Christopher. Norman Rockwell’s America. New York,: Harry N.