Why does it seem so hard to open up and truly talk to people? Sure, we can easily engage in simple conversation about how the day has gone, or even deeper subjects about personal feelings and desires, but it seems like everyone tries to avoid talking about subjects that could possibly have the greatest impact. If you were casually talking to a friend and then brought up the principles of liberty and tyranny, they might just think you were crazy. It almost seems as if people have deemed these principles “old fashioned” and no longer relevant to us today, but today they are still essential for personal peace and virtue. When I first began learning of liberty, I must admit I felt uncomfortable. We have been taught for so long that we are completely free, and it can be hard for us to wrap our minds around the idea that we are actually chained by tyranny; we try to push the thought away, while instead we need to embrace it so we can change it. Patrick Henry was one who spoke with so much power, despite the criticism he sometimes endured because of it. He declared, “Perhaps an invincible attachment to the dearest rights of man, may, in these refined enlightened days, be deemed old fashioned: if so, I am contended to be so.” Just as Patrick Henry was not afraid to declare the importance of liberty, we cannot be afraid to do the same. These principles are so important for us to learn today and once we learn them, it is even more important for us to teach them to everyone else. Do not be afraid to teach others these principles. Help others learn how to understand what you are saying and what the founding fathers were really fighting for. Shout what you know to be true and don’t be afraid of what others will think, say, or do because of it. Liberty always has, and always will be important, and we should never be afraid to say so.