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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 30 2013: I lked the video, Don, thanks.
      I wouldn't call it a report, more an insight maybe, but that's not so important. He was a smart man, that's what important.
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      Apr 30 2013: Don Wesley, thank you!!!

      I wish you could see the smile across my face right now. Richard Feynman, my favorite scientist, had so much wisdom to impart to us. Such a pity he is gone.

      His words in this video resonated so much with me, and perhaps with many who have "common sense".

      His ability to communicate science in layman's terms made listening to him a joy. His love of science and inquiry was and is very contagious........I am alway in awe of his wisdom.

      One of my favorite quotes from him, and which I've shared before on TED:

      "You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird----So.....let's look at the bird and see what it's doing - that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something, and knowing something." R. Feynman

      And here's a quote someone from TED shared with me:

      "There are known knowns.
      These are things we know that we know.
      There are known unknowns.
      That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know.
      But, there are also unknown unknowns.
      These are things we don't know we don't know."

      Have a great day Don Wesley :D
    • Apr 30 2013: Worth a TED Talk on his own!

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