Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Freedom, Liberté, Hurryya

Freedom, Liberté and , do they mean the same worldwide ?

Giuliana Sgrena was kidnapped in Iraq on February, 4th. This Blog wants Giuliana to be set free.
I am appreciating all the sensibilities that are spreading in Italy, among its people, all the signals that are being sent. I am wondering about many others kidnapping that ended happily, and about those who did not.

I am thinking that similar words have different meanings worldwide.

I would like to start a discussion among the different meanings of this words, referring to our common sense of the terms freedom and liberté after the French revolution, that definitly gave a new shape to this word in Europe.

In my opinion, we should talk about freedoms rather than freedom.
Frank Delano Roosevelt said:
I suppose that every realist knows that the democratic way of life is at this moment being directly assailed in every part of the world [...] I find it unhappily necessary to report that the future and the safety of our country and of our democracy are overwhelmingly involved in events far beyond our borders [...]
In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression --everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-- everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants --everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor --anywhere in the wold. That is no vision of a distant millennium
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Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere.

6 January, 1941 (see here)

No matter our own political feelings, freedom should mean the supremacy of human rights everywhere, and so must do hurryya.

(sorry if I didn't post something like this before, I wouldn't be obvious)

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