Valuing Freedom

By Mohammad Azeemullah

‘The pregnancy rate among girls ages 15 to 19 increased three percent from 2005 to 2006 — a turnaround likely to intensify the debate over federal financing for abstinence-only sex education. The teenage abortion rate also crept up for the first time in more than a decade, rising 1 percent from 2005 to 2006, according to an analysis by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonpartisan nonprofit research group’. (The New York Times, January 26, 2010)

“It’s very disturbing,” said Sarah Brown, of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. “We had over a decade of progress on a very serious problem, and I worry that we’ve ground to a halt’.


The findings of Kaiser Family Foundation have shaken the nerve. According to it, young Americans from the ages of 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day on average using a smart phone, computer, television or other electronic device.

Larry Rosen, a professor of psychology at California State University, states, ‘The excessive freedom to use media is predictive of psychological and behavioral problems, resulting into poor eating habits’.

The question arises ‘is absolute freedom necessary for a man to exist?’

Is regulation an offense?

Should restrictions be deemed as sin?

What will happen if all pushes to exercise freedom to do what one likes, to speak what one minds and to indulge in what one yearns for?

The society will no less be a model than that of chaos.

Freedom without accountability is no less an ignorant principle as that of a ship without a course, as that of a nation without leadership and as that of learning without values.

Valuing freedom as is much training in liberty as that of liberty in exercising freedom.


Categories: Freedom, United States of America


1 reply

  1. Published online: The original article is titled as VALUING FREEDOM in The Tripoli Post.



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