Thursday, October 15, 2009
Picture of Freedom
What does liberty mean to you? Is there a picture in your mind that shows what freedom means to you? Let me suggest a picture for you. Last night I read a short article attributed to a man who does not live in America and is not a citizen of the United States. His name is Cornel Nistorescu. He is the managing director of the daily newspaper, Evenimentul Zilei - News of the Day - in Romania. He published his editorial on September 24, 2001, which was two days after a big program in New York City given to benefit the victims of 9-11. Please go to http://www.snopes.com/rumors/soapbox/nistorescu.asp to read the article. Mr. Nistorescu started his article with the question, "Why are Americans so united?" He recognized that we do not look the same, we do not speak the same language, we do not have the same religious beliefs or the same cultural backgrounds, and he could not understand the unity he witnessed in our nation. He saw the unity as we rushed to the rescue, donated blood, did service, flew our flags, etc, but he didn't know the reason for it. Then he had the opportunity to view the charity telethon that was put on by many stars and super stars to benefit the victims. After watching the show three different times, he came to the conclusion that "only freedom can work such miracles." So, please take a mental picture of what you saw and heard on 9-11 and the days that followed, label that picture "Liberty and Freedom," and keep it bright in your heart. Don't let anyone tell you that freedom is anything less than what you saw when our nation came together against a common enemy. GOD BLESS AMERICA!