edu180atl: sydney coleman 3.21.12
“To free yourselves from slavery, you must be free from the shackles of your mind.”
Sitting in my all girls’ English class, I heard this quote in an article discussing Mauritania’s abolishment of slavery in 1981. However, when four people from the boys’ class came in dressed like Romeo and his entourage, I thought of it in a different light.
Slavery can come in all forms. You could take it literally, or you can interpret it as a legally free person conforming to another due to a tethered mind. What causes someone to be “enslaved” by another? The standards we’ve set regarding race, gender, religion, and social class restrict us mentally as shackles do physically. The boys walking proudly into my English class show how a free mind allows everybody around you to enjoy the simple things that cause the greatest pleasures, which is, in a word: liberating.
About the Author: Sydney Coleman (@SydneyPageC) is a freshman at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School who plays volleyball, runs track & field, and has been writing short stories and novels since she was seven years old.