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What is your definition of 'freedom'?

Every now and then we all question our own sense of freedom and what it is to be 'free'. How it is to live in the 'land of the free'. As much as it can sometimes be a little deep to talk about with peers, I thought this would be the best place to propose a discussion on your personal opinion of what it is to be 'free'.

See, a lot of people I've asked define 'freedom' as the opportunity to do what ever you want... I then follow this with asking, 'If everyone did as they wished, you'd then be bound by a constant fear of the actions of others, would you not? Then how 'free' would you feel?'

I simply want to start this conversation not because I believe 'freedom' is a definable concept, but because everyones' opinions of the idea is different and it's interesting to hear those opinions.


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  • Apr 24 2013: I feel like the definition of freedom is subjective. But what's most important about the idea of freedom, and the reality of being free itself - is the ability, or perhaps the availability of a platform where what you believe in, as well as your thoughts and opinions - have a place in the larger scope of things (community/society). Being free is where diversity can develop without being scrutinized, where everyone can grow within the pace that they have set out. There isn't one true definition of freedom, because they change within the parameters of an individual, and so if you look at it on a bigger scale - it is extremely vast. But I think we share an ultimate definition, which is to be able to do what we consider to be right. but then freedom itself is contained within the parameters of safety for all. does that make sense? I hope it does. thank you for the question!

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