Is freedom worth a price tag up to and including your life?

While deployed, I witnessed unimaginable actions of humanity resulting in parents, friends and loved ones getting that phone call no one wants or wishes for. I ask myself “What for” and “Was it worth it?”

I’ve often struggled understanding and fully believing if our involvement in many endeavors were merited. I don’t mean one particular issue but rather many if not all of them.

During my struggles to understand the world around me along with the actions of what seems to be an ever growing government, I find much wisdom in the words of Dr. Milton Freedom. It gives me much hope knowing such men exist (or existed in this case). Though I never met the man, his teachings have helped put my skeptic and questioning mind at rest.

To save you my struggles, I’ve concluded and my soul is at peace believing we act and do as we do in the name of freedom. Freedom itself is, in my opinion, something worth dying for. To me, it is the most precious entity in existence. 

Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Friedman which I often reference.

The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country. He will ask rather, ‘What can I and my compatriots do through government’ to help us discharge our individual responsibilities, to achieve our several goals and purposes, and above all, to protect our freedom? 

And he will accompany this question with another: How can we keep the government we create from becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect? Freedom is a rare and delicate plant. Our minds tell us, and history confirms, that the great threat to freedom is the concentration of power. Government is necessary to preserve our freedom, it is an instrument through which we can exercise our freedom; yet by concentrating power in political hands, it is also a threat to freedom.

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