THE COST OF FREEDOM......IT ISN’T FREE.......... A series of commentaries dedicated to the men and women who stand in the gap to protect our freedoms. Military Missions Inc. proudly supports and encourages each individual that wears, or has worn, the uniform of the United States Armed Forces, and their family members who make sacrifices that often go unnoticed.
PART TWO: FREEDOM-DO WE REALLY UNDERSTAND IT?
What does freedom really mean to the average American citizen? Most of us have never left this country. If we have traveled outside our borders, we’ve gone to exotic vacation spots or visited historic landmarks we’ve learned about in our world history classes. Most of us have not visited a nation filled with poverty or a war torn country. Our only exposure to the reality of war, poverty, communism, and slavery is through the media. Even then, we only get a glimpse, often distorted, and we usually just change the channel when it’s too hard to watch.
We all know we live in the most powerful nation on the planet. The United States of America is the best of the best! Most of us always have food on the table and live in safe neighborhoods. Most of us can go out and buy more than we will ever need and if we can’t afford it, we just charge it to our credit cards. We’ve forgotten what it means to work hard to earn the money needed for something and we certainly don’t appreciate what we’ve got. There is always something better, bigger, newer, and faster that we just HAVE to have NOW!
It’s by the grace of God that I was born an American. I believe it is the same for the rest of you. Many of us complain because our soldiers are dying in a country half way across the globe. We are angry that the search for those weapons of mass destruction didn’t turn out like we planned. We keep ourselves busy pointing fingers of blame at one another, dividing our country into so many fragments that the name “United” States hardly seems appropriate anymore. As a general population, we could care less about the lives of those in other countries. Many would say that we have no business trying to help foreign nations with their problems. We just need to take care of our own. Perhaps......but I think there’s a lot more to it.