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FREEDOM MATTERS

“Oh! My love, I need you, I want you to be with me always, come back, my son,” cried Jose bitterly after reading a letter from his son Ivin. “What was it in the letter that made Jose to cry bitterly? Well, here is the letter; let us read it ourselves and find out why?

“Dear Daddy,

This is your loving son, Ivin, writing this letter to you. I write it to share the pain and suffering I’ve undergone since my Mother died. I am deeply aware of your love for me and I too loved you. You cared for me when I fell sick and you guided me along the right path. But, Daddy, was it all that I needed? If you had thought so then I am sorry you were wrong. I received everything from you but not freedom: freedom to be creative, freedom to think, freedom to make friendship, freedom to express my own difficulties. You were like a puppet master and I was like your puppet. When I was doing my primary studies, I was just like a living corpse, good for nothing. I had no ability to broaden the horizons of my thinking. All my classmates were talented in something or the other, but I was like a frog in the well. Where was my freedom?

When I grew young I wished to be like any other youth, but I was bound by your rigidity. You did not like me enjoying myself with my friends. I felt like living in hell. By God’s grace I scored good marks in my exams, but when I was in search of a job, no one was ready to give me a job because I had no qualities that an employee is supposed to have. I felt that I was rejected and ignored by all, but it was then I met Darshan, my best friend and the only friend in my life, who gave me a job. Daddy, I know that you don’t like Darshan. I am aware that he is a worldly kind of person. He smokes, drinks and what not! But I want to tell you something, Darshan is also a man who understands others well. He is kind, gentle and generous. I am not ready to lose him in my life.

Daddy, don’t search for me. Now I am free: free to think, act, be creative and mingle with all. I love my life. I want to achieve all that I dream of. Be assured that I am happy. Now I am married too and living a happy life with greater freedom. Now, when I feel low there is someone to lift me up; when I am successful there is someone to appreciate me.

Daddy, I do want to see you. I do want to be with you always. I do want to fulfil all your desires. I want to come back home. But only if you are ready to give me freedom. Dad, I remember you always. It is eight years since I left you without saying a word. Dad, I love you and I am proud of you. I believe that you love me even now and you love me more than I love you…

 

Your loving Son

Ivin    

   Dear friends, freedom is not purchased. It is within us and each one of us has the right to live in it.

 

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By Sch Royster Monis SJ

 

 

 

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