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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 29 2013: I like the fact you asked for a definition. We define freedom by our experiences and by our desires for more of freedom. Both are needed.

    Freedom is about relationships with others and is defined at life levels: home, community, region, national and planetary. It includes your social or cultural experience to define and your efforts or desire to have greater opportunities, which if withheld, decrease freedom.

    True freedom includes love and this means a person will self limit and not demand for himself what would be inconvenient or harmful to others. A simple example would be three persons arrive at a doorway of a building. All three cannot pass at the same moment, for if they tried they would bump into one another or be offended in some way. However, in kindness if one opens the door for the others, they all pass freely and all benefit. True freedom involves not doing something that would harm or deny others. Freedom of speech does not mean a person should say anything that comes to mind. Freedom to smoke does not mean a person should do so when others would be offended or harmed.

    True freedom means a nation will enforce laws of equal opportunity so that all who are able will rise to one's highest level of capability. This leads to happiness knowing that real freedom is granted for one to express himself in ways that contribute good to people.

    One can define freedom to newly experienced higher values when true freedom is discovered and valued.

    True freedom does not exist in selfishness. It exists in selflessness; in love. True freedom is enjoyable when law is applied equally and for the benefit of the group----of any size.

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