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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 27 2013: Freedom is a very confusing word. We aren't free here. The word freedom would be indicative of an unrestricted state. We are definitely not unrestricted.

    In this context the word freedom really has more to do with our history of cultural oppression and greed. Governments exercise authority over people they don't really have. It then causes rebellion, instability, and the eventual collapse of said government.

    The Roman Empire was very well structured in comparison to other cultures during their time. However, certain practices eventually ended up destroying them. Well that and a massive invasion force.

    Freedom, to me, is more about cultural awareness. It's about letting people express themselves. It's about giving everyone the same opportunities in life. It's about checks and balances. It's actually really complicated.

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