Roosevelt and Norman Rockwell (one a public eOrator the other a creative artist) teamed up to bring 4 freedoms to the fore in the American Dialogue in the 1940’s, they are the essence of the American Dream of a free society with freedom of speech and religion and a solidified community free from fear or want.
“The Freedom of speech, The Freedom of Religion, The Freedom form Want, and The Freedom from Fear”.
The Freedom from Fear: That within reason no person or social/cultural group shall have the capacity or power to undermine or dominate another. Bullying behavior makes a bully of us all. Those with power can bully those under them. Rhetoric or reality, treating any other human being with less respect than we all deserve is to demean that other person (the oppressed) and the oppressor, for those roles can change ever so quickly in a society that does not care for all people as one. This provides for people not being tormented by fear or using fear to torment others. Fear is used to enslave, perpetuate and excuse violence, and prejudice of multiple kinds. The absence of fear is only achieved by the presence of fairness toward and by all. This is why inherent and implicit racism, sexism, gender identification, nationalism, naturalism, religious persecution, social prejudice, and bias are more of threat to a free society than their parallel extrinsic and explicit forms of racism. For a black man/woman to fear walking into a room of white people and for a white person to fear walking into a room full of black women/men, are equally disturbing to a free society. To be totally free of fear mature love for all and mutual respect toward all are necessary ethical norms. Fear fuels violence, blame and shame. The lack of fear breeds hope, prosperity, and compassion toward and from all. Fears is used to undermine some and provide the source of dominance of others. As Franklin D. Roosevelt aptly stated: “There is nothing to Fear except fear itself”. Fear ravages some, creates avengers of others, and victims of all.
These four freedoms are the essentials of a civilized and egalitarian society and a source of individual incentives and achievements without sacrificing social responsibility or personal conscience.