Essay Fiction posted October 10, 2019


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What an American thinks about his own freedom

The Title of Freedom

by Steven Almquist

Everyone says I'm free. I was born and raised in America. I have a decent family and good friends. I'm going to college and I already have a good-paying job. Despite all of these privileges I lucked into I only have the title of freedom, and it only gets more obvious the more I learn about the world. I'm scared to get sick because of the cost of getting help, I'm only going to college because all other choices are looked down upon, and I can only go to college if I agree to dive headfirst into a mountain of inescapable debt. Yet I can't say anything because then if I start speaking about my issues, I'm being rude to all those who didn't get all of those privileges. I'm not black, so I don't have to fear the police, I'm not Hispanic so I don't have to fear deportation so I should just shut up and deal with my privilege filled life. So I stay quiet I deal with these thoughts about my life because I know others need my wishes more than I do. Even now as I write these words I can't help but feel privileged and snotty. I've never felt free, nor do I think anyone in this country does feel free.

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