Students Define What Freedom Means

Spencer Hill

Hannah Coombs, Reporter

Freedom is not something that is tangible, not something that someone can touch or feel. Freedom comes from the spirit of the people. The laws may say that there is freedom, but there is not really any without spirit. Spirit is what unites us all, under God.

“What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling seacoasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army…Our reliance is in the love of liberty which is God has planted in our bosoms. Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your doors,” said in a speech in Edwardsville, Illinois, September 11, 1858

Freedom is important to people for many different reasons. Some may take the freedom that they have for granted, and do not really appreciate all that they have. There are so many people that do not get to live in true freedom and hope like we do. Without freedom we would not be able to do the everyday little things that we take for granted. Our lives would be turned completely upside down

“Freedom to me is the ability to think freely and act freely and do as you please without any entity or specifically in this case a government standing in your way, so it’s basically your right to choose and your right to do what you want with your life,” Spencer Hill said.