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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 28 2013: Freedom is a social construct therefor to generalise it would be incorrect. We all have different levels of freedom depending on how well we have discovered ourselves and the worlds around us.
    To me, freedom is being able to wake up in the morning and decide on my mood, my actions and my beliefs. However to that freedom there are constraints, these can vary tremendously from person to person - culture to culture - class to class. It would be nice to think of a world where we were all free, but we are trapped within the grasps of societies judgmental views. We would not behave in an publicly unacceptable way because we are conditioned not to as society and those within it would frown upon us. Yet surely this is for a reason and our own benefit and safety?
    The level of freedom I have in my life is relatively high simply because I let it be. Hopefully you all view yourselves as being free to some extent or another.

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