When do we actually define freedom?  

Posted by Srikar

In certain situations I feel I don't have freedom.Especially while listening to boring classes for the sake of attendance,using windows operating system in our college,hiding truth in certain situations and so on.Even you might had experienced some of these situations.When a parent forces his child to study while he is playing , the child really thinks he is not given freedom to play.You shout,scream,cheer for your friend while performing in a cultural event.Birds live in freedom , they can fly to any extent they want to, unless someone stops them from doing so .Freedom is experienced in many forms in many situations, If you ask me to define the word freedom ,I cant .Becoz I think, we can only define freedom when we don't have it.

Do we remember them?

Che Guevara.
As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout Latin America and was transformed by the endem
ic poverty he witnessed. His experiences and observations during these trips led him to conclude that the region's ingrained economic inequalities were an intrinsic result of monopoly capitalism, neo-colonialism, and imperialism, with the only remedy being world revolution.

He was a leader of the nonviolent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India during the first half of the 20th cen
tury.It is his effort and struggle we Indians enjoy today.

Nelson Mandela.
He was a fighter. Instead of bowing down to this unjust system of government, he became a lifelong warrior in the battle to free South Africa.
Starting out as a leader of an underground political movement called the African National Congress (ANC), Mr
. Mandela played a part in many dramatic demonstrations against the white-ruled government.
Mandela has frequently credited Mahatma Gandhi for being a major source of inspiration in his life, both for the philosophy of no
n-violence and for facing adversity with dignity.

Bhagat Singh.
He was an Indian freedom fighter, considered to be one of t
he most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. For this reason, he is often referred to as Shaheed Bhagat Singh (the word shaheed means "martyr").

These were the people fighting to get back the freedom of commons.And there are many great personalities in the world who always worked in the interest of commons and for welfare of human society.We all need to pay a great tribute to them.

But still these things happen!

The world still lives in poverty, may be you are fed with silver spoon,live in rich bricks,go out in luxury cars, but there are many people who are struggling hard for basic essentials and thousands of people die of hunger everyday.

The United Nations said it takes 35 billion dollars to eliminate poverty in the world and provide people with basic essentials.I wonder how United States govt spent more than 80 billion dollars for IRAQ war.This was the worst war ever happened in the human history.The war was privatized.Many corporate companies encouraged the war and participated in it.US claims:the reason for IRAQ war was the use of biological weapons in Iraq,but none of the biological weapons were found.Lakh's of innocent people in Iraq were killed.

In any freedom movement we find three kinds of people ,The people who fight for freedom ,people who under estimate the former,people who just watch the things going on.The problem is with the last two.
For example , there were few Indians who joined the British army and served them during the freedom struggle,they were selfish,they didn't care for their own people and some were just watching the crime that was going on.Now In the present social crisis
compare ourselves with the above ,which category do we belong ???

No matter how rich you are,the ones who do social service in the form of wealth,knowledge,peace will make difference and will always remain in the hearts of people.

note:The real inspiration behind this article is free software movement which had changed the computing world with its social values. Still many people don't realize its importance and still world lives on proprietary culture.Every Individual should fight for Digital Freedom.Hope you join hands to spread freedom in computing.