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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: J am sorry, because J speak English a little J shall talk italian language.
    Se si tiene conto delle operazioni mentali costitutive della libertà- intesa non in senso metafisico- abbiamo il potere di alternativa (che richiede una scelta), seguito dal potere di capacità (ossia l'essere in grado di mantenere la scelta compiuta). Infine la volontà può essere sempre vista dietro l'azione libera. Grazie della Vostra attenzione.
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      Apr 28 2013: Grazie Ghiringhelli,
      Sono d'accordo con la "scelta". Quando siamo consapevoli dei nostri pensieri e il fatto che abbiamo scelte, può portare ad una maggiore comprensione della libertà?

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