“Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high,
where knowledge is free.
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls.
Where words come out from the depth of truth,
where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection.
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost it’s way
into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.
Where the mind is led forward by thee
into ever widening thought and action.
In to that heaven of freedom, my father,
LET MY COUNTRY AWAKE!”
Isn’t it a beautiful expression of freedom by Rabindranath Tagore?
Freedom means different to different people, depending on various factors like their state of mind, culture and surroundings. It may be anything like the idea of living life beyond any boundaries, expressing your feelings without any fear, having a control of your time and lifestyle, chasing your dreams without any restrictions, being able to roam around anywhere freely and safely, spending your life with the person of your choice, and a lot more!! Having said that, we must always remember to respect freedom of others as much as we respect ours.
As Nelson Mandela rightly said, “A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness”
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
–Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Freedom is all about being what you really are. However, we could have never experienced this freedom if our nation’s real heroes would not have fought against the British oppressors to end the colonial rule a long back. It was on 15th August 1947 that India attained independence from the British Raj or Colonial Rule. The freedom struggle was a testimony of the undying spirit of our freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the sake of our freedom. We salute our heroes who laid down their lives to make India a free country and this is the reason why we should never take this freedom for granted.
On 15th August 2020, India, known as the world’s largest democracy celebrated its 74th Independence Day. PM Narendra Modi has addressed the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort today and exhorted citizens to move towards building an ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
This Independence Day, Motiverge brings forward the idea to showcase the real meaning of freedom for people belonging to different walks of life. Let’s hear them out!
“Freedom is something to cherish everyday for anything that breathes freely and empowers one to enjoy life, speak the mind, grow and live in a society amicably but also responsibly.”
“From Independence Day perspective, Freedom means each citizen should be free from poverty, have education, health care and live in a society without worry of safety both within the country and on our borders. Lastly we should have freedom from all biases for fellow citizens”.
“Freedom exhibits a strong sense while considering right to speak, act and react without fear, but being an industry 4.0 enthusiast, I feel freedom comes, when, there lies zero boundation and hindrances, while connecting different points around different corners of world.”
“Freedom for me is just about happiness. It’s the ability to do things that complete me…. Doing what I love just really makes me feel in control.”
“Freedom means being independent in everything you do.”
–Neha Sharma, Lead Cabin Crew, Indigo Airlines
“My idea of Independence: Freedom of expression, thoughts and in true sense freedom of speech. People who can reside in their own country without any fear and there’s complete equality. Only then in true sense we are free.”
“At Jalesh Cruises, freedom is the core of everything we believe and everything that we offer. We believe in empowering our guests and our team at all levels. Our guests have the freedom to cruise with us whenever they want to without any worries and have a seamless cruising experience. Our team is empowered with the freedom to think and act beyond the ordinary. Freedom has always been and will always be the essence of our brand and our services.”
“Freedom gives you inspiration to expand your wings and give a horizon to your thoughts.”
–Ashish Samant, Chief Executive, ZEN MICROSYSTEMS
“Being free is to dance your heart out whatever the situations are! Freedom is to appreciate art and being in love yourself everyday!”
–Shipra Kukrety, Classical Dance professional
“Freedom means to me shaping possibilities and realizing potentials and freedom from ignorance and violence. Freedom means options to choose from alternatives and being responsible. To me freedom means good for all.”
–Dharmendra Kumar, Secretary, ‘Janpahal’
“If you can do what you can think of, when you can do what you like without any restriction by anyone that what Freedom means to me. The real value of Freedom can only be understood by those who have earned it..”
“My own meaning of Freedom is the capacity to act dependent on my feelings without outside limitation or reprisal. It is simply the capacity to speak to as I see myself to be, not stowing away or mask who I am so as to seek after bliss, satisfaction, and development. It is simply the intensity of free articulation. Individual flexibility is one of my main three qualities.”
“Freedom is all about making your choices and acting upon them, with all your capabilities and without any restraint. Being free is to care, live and laugh in here & now!”
Hope you liked this story as we really enjoyed compiling the views of people from diverse backgrounds and knowing their definition of “freedom”. If you want to share your idea of freedom, please do let us know and we will be happy to publish it as part of this story. 🙂
Let’s stay connected and motivated, Cheers!