We live and move in a democratic country where freedom is exercised. And sadly, this freedom is being affected by the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. Restrictions and limitations on most aspects of our daily life is being implemented such as travel bans, quarantine protocols, lockdown, gathering restrictions, and more. We find ourselves struggle and strive to regain the freedom from all of these. This current pandemic has indeed altered our exercise and perhaps our perception about freedom.
It is a privilege for us to express what and how we feel and think. Some of us does it via spoken or written words, actions, reactions, and the way we look or perceive things. We are living in a generation where social media has a big role in exercising one’s freedom. We share how we feel, what we think and what we do. We react to posts, events and current news. We are free to do whatever we want to do. We can wear what we want to wear; we can go wherever we want to go; we can do whatever we want to do; and we can think whatever we want to think. We are free to gratify ourselves.
We cannot deny the fact that everything expressed personally, social media, or in whatever form has either good or bad effects to those who hear, feel and see what we choose to release. It’s either we fix things or make it worst, we build or we destroy, we promote life or death, we encourage or the other way around and so on.
Whenever we exercise our freedom to speak, let us always take a pause and examine every words that we will be uttering, will it edify the hearers? Whenever we exercise our freedom to express through social media and before we type those words will it speak life to the readers? Whenever we exercise our freedom to do anything or act the way we want to, will it be constructive and beneficial to others? As Saint Paul said in the context of freedom, "I have the right to do anything," you say--but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"--but not everything is constructive.
It is indeed true that we are living in a democratic country where freedom is valued, but as Saint Paul warns us to but take heed lest by any means this liberty of ours become a stumbling block to them that are weak. As we continually face struggles and challenges in our daily lives, let us use our freedom and exercise our rights by not only considering ourselves but others. Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. (MAT, CRFV)
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