Sonia Sultan: America – The Land of Opportunities and Freedom

Inalienable rights are those absolute intrinsically posed rights that cannot be rescinded by anyone. The famous words of Jefferson from American Declaration of Independence (1776), ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ had a powerful and lasting impact to the country. This declaration was the first of its kind in the world that sets an example of liberation, self-reliance, freedom, and transformation.

The American philosophy communicates that the commencement of fully enjoying the right to “life” and the “pursuit of happiness” are solely dependent on individual’s perception and is different for everyone. To me, freedom as explained in the declaration of independence truly reflects all facets of what is truly destined to be free in America and how this idea sets apart this nation from others in the world. I strongly believe that it is a land that provides an equal opportunity to all its citizens to live as they want to without any undue restrictions and control as long as they follow the rules and regulations set by the government. This demonstrates that this country allows everyone to pursue their dreams without any fear, and work towards the realization and attainment of their goals.

According to my view, this country respects all individuals regardless of their age, color, creed, caste, and religion, including the rights of differently abled and the minority population of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. Moreover, American society provides equal constitutional rights to life, liberty, and happiness by providing the citizens full authority and numerous opportunities to grow and succeed. One of the great examples is the right of same-sex marriage, which was announced legal in 2015. It shows that government works to improve the life of every citizen by offering various programs that in some way or other are designed to benefit the people living in the United States.

I feel that the hospitable culture of this country, the variation of people and climate, and the positive welcoming nature and friendliness posed by the people represents the beauty of U.S. This is the reason why America is called ‘Melting Pot’ as it absorbs people from various backgrounds. It’s a land of immigrants thus depicting openness and positive attributes towards others. This country never failed to surprise me by showing the generous amount of human, constitutional, and civil rights citizens of America have and how much power and independence an individual could have in this country.

Youth voice has always been vital to social and political change in America. Despite disagreements from United Nations and other countries on policies related to the war on terror, the United States focuses a lot on diplomatic ties. They empower youth by involving them in educational, cultural and humanitarian activities as youth voice has the power to change the course of the nation. This country involves youth from all over the world because they consider them as ‘Change Agents’ and believe in their power to shape the future of United States.

I believe that freedom and happiness are strongly correlated and that any country that provides right of life ought to be committed to allowing its citizens is to live happily and freely. Historically, successive American governments have placed liberty at the center of their concerns and tried to ensure the protection of freedom of the nation within their laws and policies. They do not discriminate their laws based on male or female, Muslim or Christian, the African or the Asian, or the gay or straight. Rather they protect the freedom in a way that balances the privacy of liberty along with healthy personal morality.

American society enshrines inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is a country that fulfills the promise of full equality and guarantees to protect the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of all Americans. This country provides socio-political freedom to their residents but requires that freedom must be used responsibly to preserve the rights of others, giving them an equal chance to live with liberty and joy. I’ve experienced this freedom by living in the United States for the past two years and I can strongly relate the difference of living in a resource-scarce developing country and what it feels like living in a liberal country like the United States. The revolutionary statement made by Jefferson that “God has given rights to live, be free and chase happiness”, makes this country a place where youth voices are celebrated and every individual can dream to live without any discrimination on the basis of gender, race and socio-economic status.