What does freedom mean to you?

What does freedom mean to you?

Do we really need freedom? The answer is always yes.

Art by Gianne Encarnacion

The Independence Day or Araw ng Kalayaan, aside from being acknowledged as a holiday first, is an important part of our national history. But it has slowly been losing its meaning as years go by.

We get that discussing politics has always been tricky, but discussing history and pretty much everything else that comes with it, is trickier. Aside from the challenges we have to face as a society now (*cough* fake news *cough*) it’s unfortunate to admit that not everyone is as well-versed in our history because of how it is taught in this country.

As a reminder, Young STAR rounded up five people to explain what freedom means to them. Read it and at the very least, try to appreciate the freedom we have now that our heroes in the past have fought to gain.

“What genuine freedom really means these days is to be free from what seemingly divides us as a nation, from fear and anxieties on what might come ahead of us, from apathy towards what is happening around us and those who suffer because of inequalities, and from forgetfulness about the lessons of our past which keeps us from moving forward towards the future.” — Stephen Pamorada, cultural worker

“Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions on your own, without interference from others. It is the capacity to be responsible for your own welfare without being dependent on other people. Freedom is knowing you can do things without fear of punishment.” — Carlo Figueroa, lecturer and public affairs officer

“Freedom means the removal of chains imposed on the underprivileged not only by the state but also by the wealthy and greedy. It means everyone enjoys their right to life, education, free thought and speech, without the obstruction of poverty or having to pass an arbitrary test of worthiness.” — Nina Martinez, artist

“Freedom means access to a variety of (real, accurate, not fake!) information that allows citizens and public officials to form nuanced and well-informed views. Hopefully, that helps them make the right decisions. So… are we free?” — Bea Cupin, journalist

What does freedom mean to you?


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