There was a time when we had to fight to live the life we wanted to live. The human race has a long history of revolutions, uprisings and rebellion in the name of freedom. We have fought for the right to choose how we want to live, who we want to marry and how we want to worship.
We have paid for the price of democracy in blood, pain and suffering. Nobody will forget what mankind has endured at the hands of oppressors at places like Auschwitz and Dachau, or even Robben Island.
Centuries ago rural dwellers were plundered by rival tribes, their men and children slaughtered and their women raped. So-called civilised nations tore families apart as they "stole" men and women to sell into slavery or train as gladiators to fight in the arenas. Slaves have served masters who saw them as nothing more than possessions, dreaming of a life outside of slavery where once again a man could be his own man, take on a wife, and be treated as an equal in society.
Many of these historical ages ended in bloody regime changes as people rose up against their oppressors to fight for their freedom. Today, freedom is a right in all democracies. Are we, as free people, happier though?
You go home to the person you love, the one you chose to be with. Are you happy? You are greeted by the children you chose to bring into the world. Are you happy? You sleep in the bed in the house on the land that you purchased with money you earned from a career you chose. Are you happy?
Is it possible to be happy when you have no nation to fear, no dragon to slay, no oppressor to overthrow? Are we doomed by our insatiable hunger for more of everything in life? Can we ever be happy with what we have right now? Perhaps it's a curse that comes with freedom i.e. we take our lives for granted. Boredom and dissatisfaction soon follow the achievement of our every desires. Do we really have to lose everything to be able to value it? I hope not!
You are free, you have rights, you can choose differently when you so desire. This should make you happy ;-)