February 8, 2001
Freedom & responsibility
Freedom of any sort is not freedom if it fails to protect the rights
and freedom of others. Freedom is prophylactic, in that it is protection
against those who wish to take away our rights.
Some people think of freedom, let's say freedom of speech, as an open
door permission to say whatever comes to their minds, without thinking
and without taking responsibility for it ["Power
They say whatever they want under the disguise of Freedom. We hurt our
fellow friends, loved ones, family, parents and our colleagues in the name
of Freedom. They take away from people their dignity and self respect and
worth in the name of Freedom. They humiliate others in the name of Freedom.
They take advantage of our freedom in the name of Freedom. Now, let's reverse
the scenario -- What if someone under the disguise of freedom took advantage
of yours? This is NOT freedom.
This is lying to the people and taking advantage of them. Freedom comes
with a measure of responsibility. We must act responsible when handed the
beautiful gift and privilege of Freedom. In the past few days, various
people have publicly and personally exercised their Freedom of Speech without
acting responsible. They have said things that are untrue in the name of
Freedom. They have humiliated members of an organization all in the name
They have destroyed our dignity and worth all in the name of Freedom.
They have acted mature and yet have not yet learned to control their frustration.
They are adults who have acted like children -- All in the name of Freedom.
Do not be shocked to know that these people have found followers of
their kind. It is sad that people reach an age of assumed maturity in life,
but never mature. They run around like renegades all in the name of Freedom.
They destroy our writers and educators all in the name of Freedom. How
are they any different?
Khodadad D. Sharif, Esq.
Attorney at Law
Disclaimer: Khodadad Sharif is the Executive Director of Persian Watch Cat (PWC). However
this letter is his personal view and not necessarily reflective of any
of his organizational affiliations. This is not the PWC's official reply
to Guive Mirfendereski's "Power