On a scale of one to ten, I’d give this photo a ten. Not because it’s an extraordinary picture. Not because the photographer (that would be me) is a professional (because I’m certainly an amateur, hobbyist kind of picture taker). And not just because it fits the Word Press Weekly Photo Challenge theme of ‘scale.’
There’s Lady Liberty standing tall at 305 feet from the foundation she sits upon to the top of her torch. You might say Miss Liberty is living large. Her feet alone are 25 feet long; her face is more than eight feet tall; and her right arm holding the torch measures 42 feet.
And if that’s not enough, her total weight is 225 tons (that equals 450,000 pounds).
Compare her in size to the ‘little people,’ the humans gathering on her base in this photo. The average height of an American man is 5’9″. American women are on the average around 5’4″ tall. It seems that the average weight here in the United States is on the rise but we certainly can’t compare to the Statue of Liberty’s weight.
So on a scale measuring size, we humans look pretty insignificant compared to Lady Liberty.
But on a scale measuring importance, all of those little people mean more than this famous statue. Because we are the defenders of liberty. We are the people who must never forget what it costs to live free. And we have the power to protect, guarantee, and ensure that the generations who will follow us will continue to live in that freedom. We must never, ever take liberty for granted.
So if you think your voice doesn’t matter, you’re wrong. If you think there’s no use in speaking out against government, politicians, injustices, corruption, immorality, or just plain wrongdoings occurring in our country – the land of the free and the home of the brave – you’re wrong. If you think your vote, your opinion, your rights, your beliefs don’t matter any more, you are wrong.
Because we, the people, no matter how small we are, hold up Miss Liberty. Without us, she means nothing.
“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower