It’s easy to shrug off the images of another protest on the nightly news, but it’s important to understand what sparked the uprising in this nation off the Chinese mainland; namely, a desire for freedom.
Why now? Because the people who live there want the People’s Republic of China to honor the promises made to permit them to elect their own leaders.
If we take nothing else from the demonstrations occurring today, let’s at least foster a renewed appreciate for the freedoms we enjoy every day of our lives.
“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly,” Thomas Paine once wrote. “It is dearness only that gives everything its value.” May we never forget how valuable our freedoms are — and how dear a price others have paid so that we may enjoy them.