Independence is a popular word. But what is true independence? Let us look at some examples.
First of all, let us look at a child flying a kite. The kite flies with great freedom as it rises up high. We get joy watching it. But its flight is not independent. It is controlled and guided by the hand of the child with the string attatched to the kite. What if the kite snaps the thread and breaks free? Its independence ends in misery.
Secondly, let us look at games like football, basketball, cricket, tennis, hockey, and the like. All these games have boundaries, rules, and umpires or referees. The game goes on because it is played within boundaries and according to predefined rules. When played according to them, there is freedom for all players. If violated, then for example, a red or yellow card will be shown in the case of a football match. So freedom is experienced within boundaries and rules.
Thirdly, let us look at children disobeying parents, teachers, and sometimes the law of the land. This is not independence. This is rebellion. And it does not give freedom but puts children into bondage to bad habits and attitudes. Therefore freedom and independence comes through love, respect, and obedience.
Let me end my reminding the words from Rabindranath Tagore’s words:
“The fire restrained in the tree
Released from bonds it dies in ashes.”
#Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, #75th Indian Independence Day, #15th August 2022.
Short Compere Speech Online on Indian Independence Day Celebrations
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” — Jesus Christ
John 8:32 and 36 Bible NIV 1984.