Philosophy: the power to exercise choice and make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination.
Freedom does not mean I have to agree with you, like you, or personally accept/condone/ support your life choices.
Freedom means I respect your right to have views, lifestyle, religions beliefs that differ from my own. I make space that allows for differences to co-exists.
Way Back… in the 1970’s and 1980’s:
We took classes in Social Studies, Civics/Government, History (of country and state). IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL!
We studied the Branches of Government.
We learned about Checks & Balances.
We had to MEMORIZE the Preamble to the Constitution! 😱
We were taught the highs and lows in our country and our state’s history.
This is my take-away from MY education:
I learned that MY VOICE matters. My VOTE matters on a community level. My VOTE matters on a State level.
Because My Vote Matters, I need to be educated on how government works. I need to understand that LOCAL and STATE Governments have THE MOST POWER over how I live my daily life, and the quality at which I live it.
I needed to LEARN the function of government in my life and how to use my voice to best effect: at my local and state level.
All that said, if you are not happy with your life… the CHANGE (aka improvement), starts with YOU. Your government can’t and WON’T even try to fix it… NO MATTER WHAT A POLITICIAN PROMISES.
PS: Shout Out to Schoolhouse Rock. They had some great lessons too👍🏻.
#personalresponsibility #freedom #openandbrave