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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 : The ability to do what I want without posing harm to another.
    This comes with the philosophy that people can do whatever they want with their lives as long as they do not harm anyone.

    I consider expressions like the 'Land of the Free' to be either false or an oxymoron since people who are living in the 'land' do not have full autonomy over parts of it, instead they are required to give tax and must enslave themselves to others for the right to build a home on the land.
    So they either do not own the land at all or they waver their freedom to own it.

    The common rational behind today's lack of freedom is that in ages past it was way worse: "don't you know that 1000 years ago slavery, bigotry and human trafficking were common place?, look at how free and enlightened we are now..."

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