Does 'Freedom' Mean We can Do Whatever we Want?

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We all know that the Covid-19 cases here in the Philippines as of now are slowly decreasing, which is good news for each one of us. This news leads to the IATF —(Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) to allow 100% capacity in college, university in-person classes in Alert Level 1 areas, and that includes Manila where my university is located at.

Hearing this news makes me and my friends excited to back into the old education system which is face-to-face classes that we missed for over two years. Who wouldn't, right? We all know how difficult it is to be in the new normal since not all individuals are privileged enough to sustain themselves in an online and modular setup. There are a lot of hindrances that can make 'us' the students lose their focus such as the environment they are in, freedom of access to using gadgets, and of course social media.

This news had been the talk of the town in our group chat, we talked about the possible things that we will do once our university allowed in-person classes and that includes renting an apartment and traveling to the places we planned to visit. Did you know that we have planned to go to a bar? It's funny to know, but yeah we have planned it already. Not to drink alcoholic beverages or meet up with random people but just to experience the things we are reading in stories and watching in movies. A petty reason, right?

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Aside from that, we came up to open the advantages and disadvantages of being separated from our parents. The first thing is we will be more independent and we will have more freedom. Since our parents will not be on our side when that happens, we will learn a lot of things in our life including budgeting, time management, securing our safety, and many more. No parents mean no restrictions, but do you think the freedom we will about to experience mean we can do whatever we wanted to do? That we will take advantage of it for our benefit? Our answer is a no. We all grow up with a respect to our parents, and we will not exchange temporary freedom and happiness to break their trust.

Freedom is something good to enjoy and appreciate but we should always remember that we should use it appropriately. Not because we are experiencing freedom today means we can do whatever we can think of. The best example of it is the current situation we are in. A lot of people nowadays are traveling and going to public places without minding that the pandemic is still present. Hundreds and thousands of people are joining rally campaigns for their chosen presidential candidates without minding the proper security protocol such as maintaining social distancing. See? When the government placed alert level 1 on different cities, eased the protocols, and the news declared the decreasing number of Covid cases, the people suddenly became complacent.

I can't help but think that after the election in May covid cases will rise again, lockdowns will be implemented, and face-to-face will not be possible. I just hope that it will not happen, this kind of setup sucks, to be honest. I want everything to go back to its original place. Is it hard to ask? Is it not possible?

CLOSING THOUGHTS

"Responsibility is the price of freedom" — Elbert Hubbard

If we want everything to go back to normal, we should be responsible enough for our actions and decisions. If we can't do it, it's impossible to achieve freedom in this pandemic once again.

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I think freedom right now isn't totally a freedom coz we have apprehensions on our mind that virus isn't finished at all. What if we are inflected and become a courier of that. To conclude we will not assume that total freedom is existed right now.

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2 years ago

Marami na din yung di nagsusuot ng face mask sa labas and it feels like we are all totally free from covid when in fact election is the one who made us free, so we should thank the politics for this.

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2 years ago

Babawiin din nila ang freedom na nararanasan natin ngayon kapag tapos na ang election AHAHAHHA. Pero huwag naman sana

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2 years ago

Ako, kahit pwede na talaga dito samin kasi nasa alert level 1 na kami, pinipili ko padin na maging maingat sa paglabas. Minsan, may mga nakikita nga ako dito na walang facemasks e nasa public pa yung iba.

Tsaka tama si carewind 🤣 nabasa ko comment nya sa ibaba HAHA meron pang lockdown na susunod after ng Halalan or campaign ng mga senador at tatakbo sa posisyon. Wala lang yan ngayon kasi nga need nila ng votes at magpakitang gilas lol

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2 years ago

Kaya nga eh, marami na ngayon ang nakakampante just because walang masyadong pagtaas ng kaso na naibabalita sa news. Todo gala na yung iba, bakasyon, tas ang malala pa yung iba kahit wala ng facemask jusko AHAHAH

I just hope sana na wala ng lockdown, miss ko na f to f class. I don't want to be in online learning lalo na at college. I want to experience something new and explore

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2 years ago

As a mom,I'm still hesitant to let my child attend on their face to face which will start next week,but my daughter was very excited about it,I don't know if it will be finalized but I'm still hoping for the covid will not soar again.

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2 years ago

It's normal for you parents to be worried for your children's safety, and we clearly understand that. However, a lot of students wants to go back to the normal education system because of different reasons, like they want to prioritize their mental health. As a student who's in online class, I can say that it's hard to learn and cope up with this system

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2 years ago

It decreasing na nga ang cases pro paramg babalik na nmn to after election for sure.

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2 years ago

Kaya nga eh nakakainis lang AHAHAH. Pero pag sa mga campaigns kahit libo libong tao magkakadikit ayos lang? 🤣

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2 years ago

Hahhaha naka plan na to sa mga taing may alam nito haha

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2 years ago

Although I'm excited to go to school, but I'm very hesitant because of fare fees. It's very high and if I can sum all my transpo fee back and forth. It will cost mo around ₱100. So if I will add my food allowance and others stuff. Its too much. Back then, my total costs for transpo fee is just around ₱36. See the difference.

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2 years ago

Yeah, isa pa ang transportation fees sa aalalahanin. That's why my friends and I decided to rent an apartment or dorm

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2 years ago

Magkano rent ng dorm ngayon? Dyan sainyo

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2 years ago

Currently looking pa kami, pero ang estimate na nakikita namin is 2k per month (per person ah). Sa iba excluded ang bills. Iba iba ang price ranges. May nakikita kami 13-15k for 6 persons

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2 years ago

There we'll never be another lockdown lods,. Hehe nawala yung covid dahil lang sa campaign period haha

May tanong pala ako lods, anung gamit mung editor sa lead image, ang ganda ehh hehe

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2 years ago

Babalik yan after election AHAHAHHA. Tataas na naman ang mga cases sa balita, hayss sana wag naman nakakapagod na

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