Just What Are Liberty and Freedom?
A Restriction on Freedom
Are Liberty and Freedom Our Duty? You Decide
Let us look at liberty as it is used and perhaps how it should be used. Is freedom the same as liberty or does it constitute something different than liberty? This is a great area for inquiry and thought.
I dare you to look up the definitions with your favorite dictionary and then decide what Liberty and Justice and Freedom mean. I throw in justice there because without justice there is no chance of having the other two within a society.
We also must kind of decide about social liberties and freedoms and personal ones and spiritual ones. The spiritual really does trump the other ones. In that it is all done by ones inner self. You do not need to rely on society to provide for them. In fact the peace that comes from the spiritual one is about distancing oneself from society.
Let us take a quote from a fairly modern day person of interest; “No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.” ~ Alan Watts
We certainly hope you question why this is on this hub. I use it to illustrate that guilt, fear and hollowness of heart are not what is present in liberty and Freedom. We will talk more about Liberty and Freedom as it relates to society. But we pause to peek at what it really means to you and your soul. If you are driven by fear or guilt you are not free.
Now let us look practically. I am free to go to Hawaii. I do not have the money, so I am not at liberty to go. Or is it; I am at liberty to go to Hawaii. I do not have the money, so I do not have the freedom to go.
I like to think of Moses freeing the slaves. After many years they were free to go. We do not say they were at liberty to leave. There must be something in the essence of these words that can guide us to understand the difference. I just cannot believe that this analysis will not yield a deeper understanding of our rights as humans but also wake up our notions of duty and responsibility.
If I am the writer and you are the reader we are stuck with each other in this boat to navigate our own thoughts and how they play out with our spiritual side and our practical social side. I am ready so let us get started in earnest.
I Just Love the Notion of "Freedoms Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose"
Enjoying Sunsets Is A Pretty Cool Freedom
We Must Seize Our Liberty
My good friend Charmaine asked a question that led to this hub. https://hubpages.com/politics/answer/284896/do-you-experience-liberty-all-the-time-or-just-right-at-election-time-how-do-you-think-liberty-is#rc_302175
Isn’t that an interesting notion? We experience liberty? Of course we understand that we experience pain, sadness, joy and hunger. Now I do not know or really care about the who or the what or the where but I am lead to understand that nowadays college students do not feel free on campuses. If certain people are allowed to speak their mind other people feel it impinges on their freedom because it does not feel safe. I think I have that right – but for our purpose just take it as a hypothetical so as not to get bogged down in minutiae.
So it would appear that freedom is a feeling. “I am at liberty to speak my mind.” Well I suppose that would be wrong if I didn’t feel safe doing it. Just for a pause, when sailors hit port they are at liberty for a spell. In such case they are not at liberty to hurt others or property. So we could see a case where Bob “feels” he is at liberty to punch Bill but he would be wrong I think.
Doesn’t that mean that feelings in certain circumstances in not at all about a feeling. But then again Joe is in solitary confinement. He gets out to his buddies and gets privileges in the general population. I would assume that while his not free he feels as though he is.
I know a gal who felt tied down in a marriage. She got a divorce. A year later she felt tied down at her job, and with her children. So I think we can feel lack of freedom and liberty. But as her case shows it is not the circumstances but rather her attitude.
Check out the great Clapton/Cream song below. Love can make us feel free maybe.
My wife and I do a lot of praying. It is still kind of mystery to me but it makes us feel free from worry. I suppose with a personal relationship you can just turn over your worries to God. And to be truthful I think in our personal relationship with each other we share our concerns and they lose all the feeling of fear. I wonder if we do not need to share with another in order to be free and at liberty to move on. No I think that is a good and right way but we can do it ourselves also.
I Feel Free
Free To Explore
Thanks For Freedom Of Expression
One of my favorite guys, Abraham Lincoln said to the effect that obedience of the law is the greatest freedom. I think he was being broad. He was kind of letting it be your choice if you think he means legal law, natural law or God’s law. I think he thought that Justice was when all three meshed.
Assume that I, with malice aforethought and a depraved heart, murdered Mike. The trial goes well and I am acquitted. Free from jail but not free from guilt.
The addict is free and at liberty to take his drugs. Not on your life. You see to be an addict you do not have the freedom from drugs. The drugs imprison you. So for our brother the addict he is not a free man unless he abstains.
I won’t get into a fray on this one but we drop off my son at school and stay for the pledge of allegiance. “Liberty and Justice for all”. Pretty cool I think. My immigrant wife from a communist country nearly cries.
I was lecturing in that same country as they increasing liberties. Or maybe giving more freedom. I had one lecture on the freedom to fail. We must be at liberty to risk. And that liberty means we become unafraid of missing the mark. We innovate, we try new ways. I think it was Edison who said to the effect that he had not faild 2,000 times but found 2,000 ways that did not work. That man was free without fear of failure.
Now, in that I am a preacher man that writes we must address our freedom from our fear of failure in the arts. And in our personal development with the grand spiritual world with God. To me this is fairly easy as I have failed so often at love, failure is assured once I get out of bed. I wonder if I have missed a day in the last month where I did not say “sorry” to my wife.
So to wrap up I think that liberty and freedom do not set well with definitions. Emotions and feelings just are not meant to roll that way. There is no manual or instructions on how to feel. I hope you feel free and at liberty to disagree. And as a man who loves laws, I know that on their own they cannot make us free.