Yesterday, The Gratitude Campaign posted a request on Facebook asking people to share the aspect of freedom for which they are most grateful. Surprisingly, one popped immediately to my mind--usually I have too many favorites of things like this for any one to stand out. I mean, how in the world do you prioritize the rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom to be as stupid as you want as long as you don't hurt anybody?
Then, this morning, I was over at Lowering the Bar and saw this shocking bit of succinct reporting:
"Blogger: restaurant's food was "too salty." Owner: You have slandered me. Judge: Go to jail for 30 days and pay this man $7,000. Blogger: I regret living in Taiwan."
Yeah. I don't regret having been born in the United States, where there's no danger of being sent to jail because you complained about poorly prepared food.
I thought it would be fun to have my readers share whatever most-cherished freedoms pop into their minds. You don't have to be an American to enjoy wonderful freedoms, either, though I suspect if you share on this post, it's unlikely you live in Taiwan.
Here's what I wrote on FB yesterday on the Gratitude Campaign page.
"Freedom of movement. I drove to Maryland and back to Ohio without once having to show papers, stop at a checkpoint, show ID. I saw military vehicles and police along the way and felt pride and comfort in their presence, not a bit of fear or anxiety."
Your turn! Unlike on FB, however, here you aren't limited to a few lines. Write an essay if you're moved to do so. I'll read it.