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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 26 2013: do you think of people only acted in such a way that no-one would be in fear, that could be considered virtuous?
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        • Apr 26 2013: yes i understood that they were not your words, however i'm interested in your personal thoughts on the subject. the words of feynmann you posted above are akin to what i was trying (and failing) to explain in a previous comment to you.

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