Freedom, what does it mean?
Freedom is very important to us. Luxury, affluence, ‘picture perfect life’, served to us without freedom is meaningless.
Let me share a short story which talks about the importance of freedom – Once there lived a beautiful princess. She was very fond of birds, every morning a little bird used to come to her palace and sing for her. The princess was very happy to see the lovely bird and listen to its music. The bird visited the palace daily and the princess waited eagerly for its visit every day. She was almost in love with the bird. She wished that the bird should keep company with her all the day.
One day the princess put the bird in a golden cage and served it the best type of food. But the bird felt sad. It did not sing and eat anything. In spite of the best food the bird began to grow weak day by day. It did not sing as before. One day the princess asked the bird the reason for all this. The bird said, “I want to be set free.”
The kind princess set the bird free.
The bird flew happily to its freedom. The next morning the bird was back again with its usual song. The story tells us that even the birds do not want to live in captivity, however well they are fed. This shows us the importance of freedom.
But freedom is not absolute. There are certain limitations to it. We can enjoy our freedom only if it does not infringe upon the rights and freedom of others. For example, freedom to live and settle anywhere in India does not allow us to build our houses on roads.Freedom allows us to develop, grow, and improve to the fullest extent. The limitations are a necessary safeguard for us to enjoy freedom and allow others to enjoy as well. Unlimited freedom is dangerous. It will bring confusion and ruin our freedom.Freedom is the most valuable gift. Without it whatever we do has no meaning. Let us enjoy our freedom.
- A message from Ms. Mahua, Teacher of one of the Best Schools in Bangalore : Ekya School