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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: I believe that South Africa as a nation is a great picture of freedom. Today we celebrate Freedom Day, the first democratic elections in South Africa. As I travel through South Africa, even though I still see poverty and illness, I also see freedom at work. I see people following their dreams, no matter what their race, gender, religious belief or culture. Freedom does not mean freedom from struggle but it instead means the freedom to take steps forward, freedom to hope for a brighter future. South African society is by no means perfect, but it is a society filled with amazing people who have such potential to change the world.

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