With the vast array of freebie sites lingering on the World Wide Web, it’s safe to say that, as consumers, we love FREE.  But while we bask in the overload of “freebies” that are made available to us, let us not forget the ultimate freebie, our freedom.

Every year, National Freedom Day is observed in the US on the first of February.  Dating back to February 1, 1865, the day marked the outlawing of slavery as the 13th Amendment by Abraham Lincoln and declaring freedom for all.  According to AmericasLibrary.gov, National Freedom Day’s purpose is to “promote good feelings, harmony and equal opportunity among all citizens.”  Dating well over 100 years ago, the day still remains significant, for it justified freedom for all US citizens, regardless of race, gender, religion, etc.  Since then, the idea of freedom has infiltrated the minds of many, but what exactly is it?  What does being “free” mean?

In an article written by J. Rufus Fears, of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, he states, “If we carefully examine the ideal and reality of freedom throughout the ages, we come to the conclusion that what we call freedom is, in fact, an ideal that consists of three component ideals: national freedom, political freedom and individual freedom.”  And the differences are as follows: national freedom is being free of foreign control, political freedom is the freedom to vote and pass laws, and individual freedom is being able to live as you choose without harm.

What are your ideals of freedom and how do they hold up to today’s worldly standards?  “Such a universal innate response, however instinctive or unconscious, points to the fundamental fact that true freedom is the birthright of man.  The history of humanity records the struggle for freedom, political and economic, social and religious, of nations and communities, groups and indivuduals. These American ideals of what freedom is, transcends beyond national and continental borders through mass media, consumer culture and the economic marketplace.  Through this globalization process, the understanding of freedom is reinforced.”

We’ve grown so accustomed to doing the things we love so freely but seldom do we reflect on how this was all made possible.  While only one day is designated to remember what the 13th Amendment represents to us here in the US, the idea behind it remains relevant all year round.  How else would the many freebie sites within the Smiley360 community thrive without their right to post content and give away free products if the general idea of freedom was non-existent?

So even though the holiday isn’t widely recognized as say, Independence Day, both have underlying connotations of what being “free” is and both hold importance to the history of the United States as being a free nation.  And with all this in mind, we can say that “Freebie Friday” is a year-round occasion after we come to realize that our freedom is the best kind of “freebie” there is.

[Sources used: http://www.teosofia.com/Mumbai/7203freedom.html]