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Khalid Ali Haji

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What is freedom to you?

Everybody has their own definition of freedom, not only this is a question I'm curious about, but it's also an idea. What is freedom to you?

To me, freedom is not only being free, but feeling free; to do, to say, to be, to literally (anything) - whatsoever and however, wherever and whenever. Because I am myself, and only I own me, therefore I can, so come what may, I believe I am free, free as a bird.

What about you?

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    Sep 20 2013: Freedom for me is knowing that you reap what you sow, and then sowing without the fear of the harvest.
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    Sep 29 2013: Hello again Khalid.....nice to see you:>)

    I agree that freedom is not only being free, but feeling free as well. I like what Manish says, and it feels like it connects with what you are expressing....a belief that I share..."absence of any bond or restriction in ones mind".

    We can be restricted in certain ways (like you are regarding mobility), and still feel "as free as a bird", as you insightfully say. You are amazing!

    BTW Khalid, there are quite a few other conversations on "freedom". Have you checked them out?
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    Sep 29 2013: For me freedom is Simplicity, Following the group of people that have same interest like me, Relax, to live and allow others to live, no need to convince any one world is big enough, everybody can have a space in it, No fear only interest. etc
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    Sep 25 2013: Freedom is nothing but absence of any bond or restriction in ones mind.

    people define freedom in term of their restrictions (as known to them). As for as my concern, I am already free. :)
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    Oct 18 2013: .

    To me, it is to keep our DNA alive without violating human symbiosis.
  • Oct 11 2013: Freedom is the ability to make decisions without external influence, notice I did not use the word "any". Since you live inside an environment and that environment affects you, most of your decisions are influenced in some amount by that environment, so it limits your freedom in some measure. Absolute freedom requires absolute isolation, which makes it impossible.

    There are 4 things you need in order to be free, first of all, you need a constant and secure supply of food, without that freedom is simply not possible, no one can be free with an empty belly. Second, you need knowledge, freedom without knowledge is just a fantasy, is just as trying to walk in a room full of stuff at night with the lights off. Third, you need a self imposed discipline, freedom without self discipline leads you to self destruction, anything from obesity to drug abuse and everything in between can happen and will happen to you if you exercise your freedom without a self imposed discipline. And finally responsibility, freedom without responsibility is debauchery, it makes you harm others in all sorts of ways from mental to physical, think it for a second and realize a criminal is someone who exercised their freedom without responsibility.

    So, to be free does not mean you can do whatever you want when you want. It means to do the right thing when is right to do so.
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    Sep 30 2013: Is what limits your freedom internally or externally reality or fantasy?

    Freedom's just another word for nuthin left to lose......

    Freedom requires responsibility. There's no free lunch.

    Freedom is about posting random thoughts on freedom
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    Sep 29 2013: I think freedom is always circumstantial and can never be generalised. You will never have absolute freedom in everything.

    If you define it by perception, a lot of mentally ill people are emotionally free, especially if they are detached from the real world, but even then they have the physical contraints and bound by society's laws, their health etc.
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    Sep 21 2013: To me, freedom is:

    having a big enough field of potential agency
    to make effective choices
    as they become necessary.

    We call this freedom of choice - but it's not about choice generally - it's about the choices that need to be made, when they need to be made.
    If my range of choice is too constrained, then I cannot choose my own advantage when it might be critical to me.

    I'm not talking about "unfair advantage" here - I'm talking about my capacity to survive and assist with the survival of those I care for.

    If I have a sufficient field of potential agency, then there will be a margin in which I can gain a degree of comfort without being destructive to others.

    Of course, the consideration of others is going to constrain my freedom
    - and getting the balance of that is the trick of life.
  • Sep 20 2013: Infact freedom is needed a lot around it.for example:no love no freedom,no freedom no love either...freedom is built upon the condition which is with lots of people's freedom.
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      Sep 21 2013: Quite true.
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      Sep 29 2013: Hi Edulover:>)
      I don't think I understand your comment....help me please?

      You say...."no love no freedom, no freedom no love..."

      Without some freedoms, would you be without love in your heart?
      • Sep 30 2013: Hi Dear Colleen :)Lol,'no love no freedom,no freedom no love' the sentence is from an english song I listened and sang often.To be honest,just the sentence I remember ,so I repeated 'no love no freedom,no freedom no love' sang the song again and again.Here I understand love and freedom are equal,I think they are transparent...I didn't think too much but just feel it is cool to narrate love and freedom in this way.How have you been doing?Dear Colleen,I often planned to write an email to you but delayed:).Someday I will do
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          Sep 30 2013: Thanks Edulover.....I think it is cool too.....I just didn't understand:>)

          I am good, thanks, and always welcome your communications:>)
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    Sep 19 2013: I think freedom is comparative not absolute. I think it's obeying the laws and not violating other people's freedom first. Then you can do what you want to do, say what you want to say, being your true self at the highest degree without the feeling of guilt.
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      Sep 21 2013: True, but it's not only obeying the laws; it's the freedom and the ability to change them, too.
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        Sep 21 2013: Yes, laws are also comparative, they are always developed with freedom. First obey, then use the social power to modify them if necessary. I think sometimes power means freedom too.