Advanced Composition A2
15 November 2012
The United States of America ensures it’s citizens that they have an immeasurable amount of freedom. Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to petition--a few broad examples of rights that the American Government grants to residents. When a person is free, they are also considered to be independent. To be independent means to be free of control, or thinking and acting for oneself. Independence is not something that one can easily receive; persistence and determination are necessities if a person wishes to become independent in some aspect of life. The wealthy, the healthy, the joyous, the fearless--all of these people have acquired a different type of independence. It is impossible to use a simple sentence to fully define independence; after all, there are multitudinous ways one can be independent. Straying from an overly demanding career or an overbearing family, is surely a difficult and controversial task, however, it is a perfect example of independence from control. A boss, a parent, a partner--people that often drive a certain person to strive to become autonomous. In the process of obtaining this newly found freedom, one must defy initial fear of these imperious suzerains. When a person has independence from control they receive the ability to make their own decisions, regardless of whether or not others agree with the choices made.One no longer has the constant wrath of criticism that the former disciplinarian brought upon them--a decorous change. Scott Young, a well known writer and programmer, ensures listeners that “As long as you can make decisions for yourself, you can move closer towards complete independence” (Young, par. 15). Mr. Young views this as “intellectual independence” and “the most important form of independence” (Young, par. 13). This intellectual independence (as Young referred to it as) provides a more free mind: a place where...
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