Around town, many renditions or alterations of the American flag were prominently displayed this weekend – on banners slipped through deck rails, on clothes draping toddlers – and especially on flag poles placed high atop roofs or vibrating on strings clinging to enormous metal poles. To many, the display of the American flag has meaning or is symbolic and therefore representative of something. This, of course, caused me to wonder if substance exists behind those thoughts and beliefs. And, if it does, might that meaning be universal or do individual interpretations (and, therefore, meaning) differ?
As I watched families load travel bags or fill car carriers, my curiosity persisted. I asked myself…on a day with the American flag flying high, might “freedom” – especially to modern day folks – mean the open road and/or the ability to travel to outlying places…as maybe an alternative or even a break from self-imposed daily routines?
With these scenes bouncing around in my head, I continued to ponder and reflect on the Holiday weekend. Tunes made famous by Bruce Springsteen (Woody Guthrie/Pete Seeger) and Janis Joplin (Kris Kristofferson) begged to be sung:
- THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND (Woody Guthrie/Pete Seeger/Bruce Springsteen)
- CHIMES OF FREEDOM (Bruce Springsteen)
- ME AND BOBBY McG (Janis Joplin)
The term FREEDOM prominently reverberates and echoes throughout and beyond these songs. Today, the term is also affixed to political, media and advertising topics – financial freedom, freedom from worry, and so on. But, have you ever stopped to wonder what that word FREEDOM might actually mean – its definition, history, symbolism – even simply for you personally or individually?
Synonyms: independence, self-government, self-determination, self-rule, home rule, sovereignty, nonalignment, autonomy; liberty, liberation, release, deliverance, delivery, discharge…
So, how about you…
Have you ever stopped to think about the 4th of July…and what it might mean to you personally? Or, how about that little 7-letter word – FREEDOM – does it have specific meaning for you?
Crafted, researched and written by: | LIZ CARLOCK
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© 2014 EM Carlock