What is Freedom?
Freedom is a broad word, the same as others. But what does Freedom really mean? Does it mean to be free from everything? Or does it mean to be locked in the ideas of our leaders? Give out your definition of Freedom
Freedom means, you are free of everything, you have a freedom of speech, freedom to choose and so on. But bare in mind that freedom has its limitation.
Freedom means to be able to do things that are universally accepted, and are reasonable to the majority in the society you live in.
It does not mean absolute freedom to do anything you like, particularly in public. If this were the case, then there will be chaos, e.g. people walking naked in the street, or people brandishing weapons, as and when they fancy. Having said that, people should have almost absolute freedom in the privacy of their own home, so long as they do not affect others but not, if they are making a homemade bomb.
people walking naked in the street is not chaos
It is dangerous to define freedom as what is "reasonable to the majority." Many basic rights and freedoms cannot just change based on what the majority thinks is reasonable.
QUOTE: "People walking naked in the street is not chaos"
Ptosis, I did not say it IS chaos. What I said is there WILL BE chaos, LOL.
Thank you for that amazing answer. You have given out points that can actually point out that freedom is just not what doing anything we want. And that freedom like everything else has a limitation.
Freedom means free from every aspect, but at the same time a great responsibility to make use of the word freedom, you have a freedom of speech freedom to live where ever u like in a country, but use the freedom in a responsible way with certain limitations, freedom doesn't mean that your are free to live as you like, no but with certain human values and limitations. It is a small word but has a wider meaning.
"What is freedom? Freedom is the right to choose: the right to create for yourself the alternatives of choice. Without the possibility of choice and the exercise of choice a man is not a man but a member, an instrument, a thing."
— Archibald MacLeish
Most Americans are considered living in a land of "freedom." Even though we are able to choose to do what we will with most things, there are still limitations. Though we have freedom of speech, we are limited by laws of slander. We may have the freedom to live where we want, but we also may be limited by our job, funds, and the seller of that land or home. We have the freedom to choose our profession, but we may be limited by education, an employer, or job availability.
I consider "freedom" to be internal peace. No matter what situation, we have the choice to either be filled with anxiety or live at peace. We may not always have the freedom to choose what we want in life, but we have the freedom to be at peace in mind, body, and soul.
Freedom means not in bondage. You are free from emotional, spiritual and physical torment.
Freedom to me means able to do things without restrictions. Living the life that I want and going places without having to apply for visa. A choice of who I want to be with and sharing my belief.
"O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!"
- Words by Katharine Lee Bates
"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose,
And nothin' ain't worth nothin' but it's free,"
- Songwriters: Foster, Fred L / Kristofferson, Kris
A butterfly fluttered by
freed from its chrysalis.
A bird flew from its gilded cage,
singing 'freedom's surely this!'
Humans bound in weighted chains,
by calendar and clock,
are like the rabbit freed from cage
and captured by the hawk.
In the midst of all illusion,
how can I know what's sly,
if the lyrics of the song
speak truth or speak a lie.
Here's a way to ask oneself,
to make a litmus test,
could you walk from all you have,
and still put out your best?
Could you be rejected, put down and then ignored,
and go on unaffected, yourself your own reward?
Stripped down from all possession,
from all you thought was you,
to the one you really are,
would you still be true?
The world's a sticky place,
a cobweb of deceit,
and compared to freedom gained
nothing tastes so sweet.
- Freedom Poem by Emanate
Thank you for the words and the poem about freedom. I hope these can help out or point out what can freedom really mean.
The poem won't be easy for most to follow.
To 'get' its deeper meaning, one must spend time with it.
Your question and the process of responding inspire me to write further along these lines.
Thank you, Darksage.
True, poems are not just words mashed up together, but they are emotions and art in which we can express ourselves that's why one must spend time with it to truly understand it. Please continue your works.
Absolute freedom is the knowing that you need not die
And the knowing that in your(willing) death, you have not lost but gain
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