Sunday, May 12, 2013

Why the "Liberty Bellow"?

I thought along with the debut of the Liberty Bellow blog it would be helpful to us all to look at the definitions of those words, liberty and bellow.

I've learned over the past few years that studying the original meaning and intent of words really unlocks the word and allows for perspicuity, "that quality of writing or language which readily presents to the mind of another the precise ideas of the author, the first excellence of writing or speaking.


Here you'll discover the joys of using Webster's 1828 Dictionary.



Liberty

n. [L. libertas, from liber, free.]

Civil liberty, is the liberty of men in a state of society...only abridged and restrained as is necessary and expedient for the safety and interest of the society, state or nation.

A restraint of natural liberty, not necessary or expedient for the public, is tyranny or oppression.

Civil liberty is an exemption from the arbitrary will of others, which exemption is secured by established laws, which restrain every man from injuring or controlling another. Hence the restraints of law are essential to civil liberty.

Religious liberty, is the free right of adopting and enjoying opinions on religious subjects, and of worshiping the Supreme Being according to the dictates of conscience, without external control.

Bellow

v.i. [L.balo.] To roar, as the sea in a tempest

n. A loud outcry; roar.


Hopefully, that will give you a little understanding as to why the Liberty Bellow exists.

Enjoy the time we share together!

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