posted on Mar, 12 2005 @ 07:32 PM
This I just read recently, but anyhow, the tower being built in place of the World Trade Center is called "Freedom Tower." By 2008, when it should
be completed, it should be one of the 4 tallest buildings in the world.
Anyhow, I was thinking to myself, "Freedom Tower," yet then about how the Patriot Acts remove civil liberties and freedoms. Now don't get me wrong,
I am far from any hard-core liberal and am very pro-America, but I am still against the Patriot Acts.
So what struck me is that in the book, 1984, for those who have read it, if you remember, there are four "ministries." I forget their names, but
making an example, they'd have the "Ministry of Love" which was about hate, and each Ministry's name meant that the Ministry was really the exact
opposite of what its name was.
This just struck me kind of funny, that a symbol of American power and freedom, and all that, is named "Freedom Tower" yet we are slowly losing our
civil liberties. Now I am NOT implying that the U.S. is becoming 1984 or anything. We have a loooooong way to go before anything like that.
It just gets me, b/c in 1984 they have those "ministries" with names opposite of what they really do, and now we will have "Freedom Tower," yet we
are losing civil liberties. Freedom Tower probably won't be devoted to squashing freedoms or anything, just business like the WTC, but big business
can be close to the opposite of freedom if you know what I mean.
As long as the U.S. keeps to its main morals though and doesn't forget them, I don't mind the name too much, though I think it sounds kind of corny.
They should think up a new name.
I love the word freedom, as I believe in it so strongly, but "Freedom Tower" just sounds too 1984-ish for a building that will conduct lots of big
business. Just give it a nice, classy, sensible name I say. When your country stands for something, you don't have to stick that very word on things.
It's also sort of like Communist China to me, with their "People's" Liberation Army, "People's" Republic (REPUBLIC!?!) of China, etc....it
isn't the "People's" anything over there. In America, we are all about freedom (our people are, big gov't folk obviously not), and our military
really is the "People's" military in many ways. It is all-volunteer. Yet we don't stick the words "freedom" into its name (s) or anything. We
just call it the United States Military, the United States Army, the United States Navy, etc....I say the same should go for Freedom Tower. Just give
it a nice, sensible name.
I can see making it nice and tall as a symbol of American ingenuity and power and wealth and defiance, etc....whatever, but give it a normal name.
You can stick "freedom" on everything you want, but it's just important to know what "freedom" means more than having to name a big building with
My opinions anyhow.