By C.L. Harmon
The right to speak, to be informed, to be heard and to understand are not free, nor are they easily attainable or kept. They represent the very essence of self and the expression associated with identity. A sense of self and one’s belief to expression is an enemy to authority. Control and freedom can only coexist within a society when both are respective of the role the other plays and its importance in maintaining the balance that is neccessary for harmony. Although there can be harmony, one must always be dominant. We can choose to be free with limits of control or we can choose to be controlled with limited freedom. We cannot have both. People of every nation must choose for themselves which it is they wish to be. They must not ask their governments or other nations to choose for them because it is individuals who desire freedoms and liberties, not governments. Authority by definition is control and it is rarely in the nature of authority to grant the freedom that limits or abolishes that control. In order to be free, we must act as free. Control desires nothing more than a willingness not to act by people for it to rule.