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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: Fear makes you not do things that you would otherwise have done.From the beginning people wanted freedom from oppressive regimes and rulers because they could not bear to live with the constant threat of punishment or worse. It is when people got over their fear of their oppressors that freedom was fought for and many times won.But having said that, sometimes one wonders weather we got what we really fought for ! Is any society really free ? Are we truly unafraid, do we trust our governments, the more one ponders the more you will be inclined to believe that freedom died when freedom fighters died, Otherwise we would not have to even ask the question, " what is freedom ?"

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