On the 27th of April each year, South Africa celebrates Freedom Day. It commemorates the first democratic election that the country had in 1994, I happened to be 11 months old at the time. Reflecting on this recently my mind was draw to the topic of freedom and how we always have a choice.
Freedom is broadly defined as the power to act, speak, or think as one pleases.
Choice is defined as the act of choosing between two or more possibilities.
So, what does in mean when we say that we “have the freedom to make a choice”? Do we really or are there elements that influence our choice which we may have no control over… To a certain degree we have control of our own freedom, but there are factors that may influence it. However regardless of these factors we always have a choice to make.
Choice is one of the most powerful tools that we have. It allows us to express ourselves and to support what we value.
While we may not always have freedom, we will always have the ability to make a choice.