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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 have found a complete and logical definition of freedom written in the Bible: Everything that can be is a result of what is. Everything that is is a result of God's creation. God did not make sin but chose to give us the responsibility of free choice (the equal potential to love or to hate, for example). Everything that exists has laws. So, there is no "absolute freedom" without natural consequence or moral judgement against a predefined set of laws which existed from creation. Freedom, therefore, is defined by the limit of law (or what is left - love, charity, kindness, patience, humility, peace, joy, etc... against which there is no law to limit). Furthermore, all this is externally imposed (natural law), but there is a deeper freedom which is imposed from within. The more you understand the weight of responsibility that freedom brings within 'natural law', the less free you choose to make yourlself (you quickly learn you can't win a boardgame of life if you don't play by the rules). So, the more externally free you think you are, the more inwardly ignorant you may be. The more internal law you impose upon your own self through self realization, the more internally and externally free you become as you literally then let who you are change your external circumstances instead of letting circumstance change who you are.

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