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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 26 2013: Freedom is the ability to let things go. In other words freedom has something to do with sincerity and unattachment. Excuse my bad English.
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      Apr 26 2013: Farah,
      Your English is good, and you make a good point. We sometimes think of freedom as "having" something, and it is equally important in my perception, to have freedom to let things go:>)

      Welcome to TED:>)
    • Apr 26 2013: I don't think that anybody here can top your 'definition' of freedom :)

      Thank you !
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        Apr 29 2013: Hello Mr. Don
        Firstly, if my idea of what freedom is confuses you, let me explain it. When there's a caged bird, the only way to make it free is to unattach it from the cage. When I have something and I worry about that something being gone (like money, car, power, respect, etc), actually I'm being enslaven by that something. The way to not being enslaven is to not worry about that something and accept the fact that it'll be gone someday (this means sincerity, letting things go, and unattachment). When I wrote that comment above, I didn't think about government, rules, society, etc so it won't be fair if I write what I've thought about it now.

        Secondly, there's no absolute truth so if yours isn't like this, it's okay. We have different ideals as individuals. :)
        Farah
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        Apr 29 2013: Hi Mr. Don
        Do you mean if it has nothing to do with sincerity and unattachment? Without sincerity there would be barbarism where ego takes place.

        If this doesn't what you mean, sorry cause I actually use that 'has something to do' as 'has some kind of relation with'. I couldn't find good words to describe that. Excuse my not-so-good English. :)
        Farah
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          Apr 30 2013: Hi Farah,

          The combination of sincerity and unattachment that you mention made be think of 'purity of heart'.

          Thank you, Tarantino and Bjork bless you.

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