I am sharing a short story which I read some time ago.
A couple of stray dogs came across a dog who was looking very healthy and well fed. They asked him the reasons for his such good appearance. He told that his master takes good care of him. He is fed twice a day with choice meals. If he does not like it, he just moves away and master gives him something to his liking. He is groomed daily and given bath once a week. He has a soft bed to sleep on. If he is sick he is taken to doctor for treatment. The stray dogs said, “ WOW! We would also like that kind of life.” He invited them to accompany and took them to his house. On reaching there the stray dogs saw a chain tied to peg. They asked him as to what was that. He told them that his master ties him up there except when he lets him off for the call of nature. The stray dogs told him,” No, thanks. We do not want all these comforts at the cost of our freedom.” And they walked off.
This has been proved right a few days ago. There was a pup, who could hardly stand on his feet, on the road outside our housing complex. He, wagging his tail, used to come to everyone who came out of our complex or neighbouring ones. He used to follow me when I took our dog for walk. I used to shoo him away but he was persistent. At times I used to give him some leftover food or some tidbits like bones. A couple of times he followed us but got chased by other stray dogs a little distance away. After that he knew how far he could follow us and return on reaching that limit. This went on for about a couple of months. He grew up into a good looking one with light brown spots on his white coat. About 10 days ago I did not see him around. After a few days of not seeing him, I asked our security guard as to what happened. I was told that he had been taken by someone to keep him as pet. Two days ago I saw him back with a collar around his neck to which was attached a broken leash. Now he is back with his freedom and someone has removed the collar too.
We all are born free but get shackled as we grow up. Some of those shackles are good not only for the society we live but for us also but some need review from time to time as those are more of restrictions without any logic or acceptable justification. All we need to do is live in our freedom as per our conscience knowing our limits, like that pup knew when to return while following me.