Freedom has come with several synonyms nowadays. For some, it is synonymous with liberation and democracy. For others, it is detrimental to speech or simply the openness to say anything in social media outlets for more of “small” matters instead of the big, international ones. For many, freedom is the ability to choose what to do in every situation and not to be forced to get in between their happiness. Unfortunately, this sort of freedom restricts many people’s sense of caring towards others that masked as being polite and respectful to them. Whether one is in bad shape or not, as long as it is his or her choice, most of the universal society prefers it than be told, be dictated or be controlled. Freedom has been twisted. It has become a vehicle of many crooked practices that are considered “rude” to be corrected and worse be expressed, illustrated or revealed to others due to personal and societal restrictions, or shall we say weaknesses?

Freedom it is when expressed out of need

True freedom is when you can express what you want to say and do in times when you most needed to express them. Scattering your thoughts here and there in whatever form and medium because you just want to express your opinions, to rant at the very least, is not a manifestation of freedom in the truest sense. Freedom is somewhat synonymous in the exercise of courage. An instance when you wanted to express, or reveal, something without the fear of the power of the concerned individuals and the fear of being misunderstood or misjudged by the general public but instead aimed to protect this public by informing them of the harm is where freedom is exercised. Thus, it is not for spouting anything but for the sake of the general awareness and welfare – for the repressed and the will-be-repressed.

Freedom springs from awareness

When the people are not fully knowledgeable of a certain idea or concept, reactions that could be elicited will be biased and partial with only sole reliance and basis on their own experiences. In order not to mislead people, it is recommended that they need to have sufficient knowledge of a particular subject of discussion. Only then can they speak rightly, more intellectually and more reliably. What makes a particular piece of art very powerful and expressive is when the core of the message or idea of the art connects with the audience. This means the audience has grasped the full story or concept of the art. It is only for this that they can truly appreciate the creation of the masterpiece. In the more important matter, a piece of art can only be powerful in expression if it has been made out of full knowledge of the certain concept or subject and is created with such strong conviction of having it expressed. A simple painting of a woman with her eyes blinded by tying through it with a piece of cloth would not so much appeal to a child or to a person who does not know or does not care about the need for justice. But when an act that impedes justice specifically in their own land is triggered, the message of the blind woman becomes a medium of their protest.

Art offers more flexibility as to the interpretation of a masterpiece. This basically works on the personal impact the art has to the audience as it is written, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Art has become a medium of expression, a medium for when words are not enough to convey the entirety of what the artist wishes to convey. Art has become a voice that directly imprints on the mind of its audience the depth and necessity of the concept and then prompts them to respond accordingly, all on their own choice. Art conveys strategically the intended message and how it can reach the audience. It is important to note that instances of freedom have the most capability to possess manipulation through influence. The true concept of freedom, indeed, lies both in its expression and acceptance. Self-satisfaction and self-elevation should not be confused with self-defense and self-preservation.

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