Freedom Is Never Guaranteed


We can’t just assume the best and hope it turns out well

Watching events around the world – and the response of western leaders – it seems that freedom is more fragile than ever.

There is a big risk that we fall into a false equivalence, seeing the regimes of countries that mistreat their people as “just another way of doing things.”

I’m not talking about invading countries and replacing governments – that has failed miserably in Iraq and Libya. But western democracies like Canada have to recognize that we have done something right in our society.

It’s not about being perfect – no country or society is perfect. It’s about recognizing that freedom is never guaranteed, and that there are many who want to take our rights away. There are also those – even in our own country – who would sell us out for their own selfish gain.

There is no certainty that the future of the world will be a future of freedom. We have to stand up for our principles, and use all possible forms of leverage to punish regimes that oppress their people and work against our values.

Unless we are willing to be strong and stand up for what we believe, it is always possible that freedom could slip away.

Spencer Fernando

 


2 comments Add yours
  1. This is such a terrifying thought, and one I personally have never really thought about. Being blessed to have lived in England and Canada freedom is something I take for granted. However, I do think it is important at this point in history that all people of the free world pay attention to what is going on around us and be alert to any issue that could insidiously start to undermine the freedoms we all take for granted.

    1. Great point Jane, it can be easy to take it for granted when we haven’t known anything else here. I worry that if we don’t wake up, it could be lost far more quickly than many people think.

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