Freedom From Fear and Want

I was standing behind a man with his two children at the do-it-yourself cashier at a supermarket, and I saw that he had not reach the amount money on the screen. He needed 10 cents more. He tried checking out his pockets, left and right, his jacket and pants. So I handed him a quarter and he thanked me. I could see close enough, that all the money from his wallet were used up to pay for his groceries.

Nowadays, a lot of people are not very fortunate to have money to spend, even for $26 worth of groceries. Some are living in fear of losing jobs, unable to pay their household bills, unable to save some money for college fund or just to have little bit of money for rainy day. What kind of life is this, if  most of the time we live in uncertainty? I wish it would feel like riding one of the rides at the fair. Although we would feel the anxiety and the fear, they would diminish as soon as the ride stops. When we put our feet to the ground again, we’d feel confident and know that we have beaten our fear.

“In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way – everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want – which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants – everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear…- everywhere in the world.”
 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, January 6th, 1941

At The Fair

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