Celebrate Freedom

Freedom must be for all, or it will eventually not be for any. Are we heading that way? And so, I write this paper intending freedom “to be” for all. But words lead me to sentences, which lead to one paragraph and the next, and then, if space is left, to my usual Haiku. Let’s see where this takes me.

In my last paper, I briefly touch on Liberalism and Nationalism. I thank Google for assistance in keeping my definition brief. Brief is my style, so I often seek ways to help me write my one-page papers. What I wrote when I refer to these two isms I owe to Google. All you owe me is to allow me to share my thoughts with you. Also, I very much appreciate it when you share your thoughts with me.

So, freedom for everyone is my druthers. It is my way of being as a leader and teacher. I have always valued the uniqueness of a person and the special qualities that separated each from the other. As a matter of fact, I just flashed back to the gang I was part of growing up in Chicago. How different each of them was, and I see this so clearly now as I write. I knew it then and know it now.

“Respect” is a keyword, but a word is not enough. It must be “who I am and what I do” in my relationships with all I meet and relate to. It is why I love the term “dialogue” and, in particular, “Genuine Dialogue.” Freedom and respect should guide us not only when we communicate with a certain few, but we should endeavor to show genuine respect for all of humankind.

July 4th is so special when we use it to celebrate our own and each other’s personal freedom “to be.”

Happy 4th to you—So, be your unique being—”Free” is yours to be!

Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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