The line between a right to freedom and not freedom is where we push our own beliefs to the head of the line, declaring ours to be the one and only true expression of all freedom. Look at the wild diversity of life everywhere. We have to find a way to coexist with every kind of living thing out of respect for all, and this means allowing for different or foreign ideas of what it means to be here, to be alive, to have and use our personal power to create the world or our part in it. Many people have died in the course of human events defending the right of the individual to be free. It will always be so. We must never allow our freedoms to be compromised or taken away by violence or intolerance. And we never will. It is not in our nature to allow fear to control every aspect of life on this earth for long. We will fight if we have to—even those who long for peace.
All people have the right to a free existence, to be free of chains. To me what that means is you have the right to be happy, to love and be loved, to choose what your love means, to choose who you love as long as it doesn’t hurt or harm anyone else, and by virtue of its being, it therefore must also mean you have the right to defend yourself against attack of you or your loved ones. Each person is a loved one of somebody. To treat these lives as inconsequential or meaningless is nothing less than barbaric. It is cruel and senseless. It is not holy or fundamental—it is against virtue. It is pretense, it is false. It is a lie. It is inhuman. Because it is not love. Because it is hate, hatred as a way of life. And that is wrong and always will be wrong to begin with.
Only the one whose daily actions are made of love and kindness deserves to lead. Only the one who does not end his love at borders can cross over between differing thoughts and ideas successfully and negotiate real and lasting peace. Only the one whose being is always in love with all other beings can know what is true and what is not. Only the bringer of compassion can also be the bringer of understanding. Only the one who serves all can truly serve us best. Only the one who can lay down his life for his friend can be trusted with our own friendship. Love is the soul of all kind action and is the nucleus of mercy and goodwill.
We deserve our freedom. It goes without saying. We need it. It defines us as people. It allows us to feel, to express, to create, to build, to laugh. Freedom gives us our smile, and our courage. Freedom is our oldest ally and our dearest flag .It will always be waved as long as there are souls of beings in the universe willing to stand up for what is right and decent and fair, as long as there are people who care as much for others as they do for themselves. dp