"In the future days which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms"
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Let's continue to spread the essential message of human rights that should be universally protected.


The Story

The Norman Rockwell Four Freedom Foundation was originally created to honor the speech of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Norman Rockwell was the artist to create the original four oil paintings. This foundation was founded to continue to spread the essential message of human rights that should be universally protected.

As time continues, social issues arise but human rights should always remain protected. The artwork created for this has been valued for many years, and continue to provide a huge role.This foundation wants to continue spreading the message behind these paintings and inform anyone on these topics.

The Artist - Norman Rockwell

The Four Freedoms is a series of four 1943 oil paintings by the American artist Norman Rockwell. The paintings—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want, and Freedom from Fear. Rockwell's covers highlighted the human aspect of the American war effort. The illustrations employed themes of patriotism, longing, shifting gender roles, reunion, love, work, community, and family.

Four Freedoms

Our usual debate over the extent of free speech takes for granted the value of free speech. We argue over the boundaries or limits of what can be said but pass over the importance of what is said within those bounds. This leaves us with a peculiar sense of why speech matters: We imply that it's valuable because its restraint would undermine our freedom, which is a way of avoiding the question more than of answering it.
This disinterest in the value of free speech, sometimes amounting to a refusal to define it, appears to be rooted in the principles of our liberalism, which enshrines free speech as one right, perhaps the principal right, among the rights that deserve protection in a liberal society. To guard such a right, it seems, one must not specify the value of how it will normally be used lest by such definition society destroy what it wants to protect. For by discussing the value of free speech one would expose less-valued or valueless speech to disdain, or worse, prohibition

Freedom of religion or religious liberty is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance. It also includes the freedom to change one's religion or beliefs, the right not to profess any religion or belief, or not to practise a religion.
Freedom of religion is considered by many people and most of the nations to be a fundamental human right.In a country with a state religion, freedom of religion is generally considered to mean that the government permits religious practices of other sects besides the state religion, and does not persecute believers in other faiths. Freedom of belief is different. It allows the right to believe what a person, group or religion wishes, but it does not necessarily allow the right to practice the religion or belief openly and outwardly in a public manner, a central facet of religious freedom.

Freedom from want is beautifully depicted in Norman Rockwell’s famous painting by the same name. It shows a family gathered around a dinner table, ready to eat. Toward the center of the painting is a turkey, the staple of a traditional Thanksgiving feast. But it’s not the food that’s striking; it’s the faces. Every one of them is glowing, happy, and content. This is the lived experience of freedom from want: sitting with friends and loved ones, celebrating all we have and all we can be grateful for.
In the end, freedom from want not only inspires feelings of contentment and joy, but also frees us to follow our passions, discover our talents, and cultivate our skills. No longer bound by the burden of want—of making ends meet, or meeting basic needs—we have the freedom to enjoy our lives, find fulfillment, better our communities, and increase our collective understanding of one another and the world. We are liberated to reach our highest potential as individuals and as members of society. That is why it remains such a compelling and desirable ideal even today.

That President Roosevelt—and the American people—gave in to fear is a useful reminder of the power of fear to shift societies, even those that claim to be paragons of freedom. This reality forces us to acknowledge our difficult history, and to recognize that even these Four Freedoms—important ideals to be sure—are not without their blemishes or shortcomings.
And this struggle against fear, and its corrosive impact on freedom and democracy, is just as relevant now as it was in 1942. If only that were the last time an executive order based in “fear and anger” or tinged with “race prejudice, war hysteria and a failure of political leadership” made waves in our society.
That’s why, most important, this failure to protect freedom in the face of fear reminds us that our words in defense of freedom mean nothing—and will mean nothing — if we do not act.

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