A man named Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted “it was a high counsel I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do’.” People once had to live in a world of slavery. A classification that no one wanted or chose, but were forced to live in those conditions. Slaves sacrificed their lives by running away from the homes of their owners in search for a new life; a life of freedom. Some were lucky and found what they were searching for. While others were caught, returned to their owners, and beaten or hung. Freedom was not given to America; therefore America had to fight a long and vigorous battle to earn their freedom. It was not easy and it took many years. It required brave men and women, education, the support of their colleagues, and the support of the government.
“Spirit! Who made those freemen dare to die, or leave their children free, Bid time and nature gently spare the shaft we raise to them and Thee. (Concord Hymn, pg.240, Emerson, Ralph Waldo)”
This part of the hymn is my proof of the sacrifices made by those who fought for freedom. For it tells us that people had to be willing to die for something that they would either fail miserably, or succeed victoriously. If they fail to accomplish their “task” then they would not only lose their chance at freedom, but could lose their life for basically becoming traitors. If they were to succeed then they would win a better life for themselves and their children, grandchildren, etc. . .) So on the night of July4, 1776 America’s dreams came true because Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence, a declaration that will always be remembered and never forgotten because they can now live their lives perpetually and eternally in freedom.
“We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal, that thy are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. . .etc., (pg. 169, Thomas Jefferson).”
A document and its’ words which proved justice for those who lost their lives in the fight for freedom, and that the people have succeeded victoriously. Rights have been declared and America has gained freedom. At the same time we became a nation known as the world’s super power, and a place where all your dreams come true. However freedom’s dreamers rights to education or opinion. Countries like Saudi Arabia that give power to men and give no rights for women. Countries like China who prefer no more than one delivery of a baby girl by one couple and multiple deliveries of baby boys. These are countries where women are starting to realize that they deserve to have rights, but they do not know how to express their opinion without being punished severely for it.
Those women who have been brave and stood up for what they believed in have been defeated more than once by their own people, and continue on into today hoping for a day that they too could be free. If your dream is one that is worth dying for, one that will impact your country in a positive way, then go for it. You do not want to drown in a sea of, what if?, because you did not try. Even if you do try and you do lnot succeed the first time, at least you can say you tried. Remind yourself, “Always do what you are afraid to do. (pg. 238 Emerson)”