Responsible freedom

A note on freedom:

Our Covid driving test

The first thing we learn in Drivers Ed is that driving a car is a privilege, not a right. Why is this?

Because the moment we get behind the wheel of a car, we have suddenly become a potentially lethal weapon.

We have been asked to make sacrifices now; by wearing masks and being thoughtful of our distance from others. Why is this?

Because with this virus, by sharing space with others, we have each suddenly become a potentially lethal weapon. We don’t mean to be, but we are.It is that simple.

Nothing pretty about it, but nothing personal about it either.

Here in the United States we are incredibly blessed to have great freedom, comfort and privilege that many in the world do not. But, as our forefathers and foremothers knew well, our freedom did not come for free

.For those of us who have been fortunate enough to never before lose our freedom, this can be a shocker; yes, sometimes freedom requires sacrifice. But the rewards of making sacrifices for others is great too; it challenges us to raise the bar. When we make it through this tough time, we can in the future take pride in the fact that we have become better people than we were before.

Just like earning our driver’s license, we need to demonstrate we will use our freedom well, with compassion, care and respect for each other. Just like renewing our driver’s license, in order to preserve our freedom, we must consistently use it responsibly, in an adult way that sometimes puts the value of other’s lives and safety over our own need for comfort and convenience.

We are taking a great big test right now. In order to pass this test, we have put aside some of our personal needs and preferences in order to care for others. In the face of the sacrifices others have made in the name of our freedom, this is a small price to pay.If we, as free individuals, and as a free country, cannot do this, no matter how much we demand and proudly display our freedom, we disrespect all who gained it for us.

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