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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

What does "freedom" mean to you?

Another Brainstorming Activity defines freedom as

  • the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint
  • liberty, as opposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government
  • the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints
  • personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery
  • the capacity to exercise choice; free will
Although there were countless definitions, these specific five captured much of my sentiment.

Any courageous souls out there who wish to define what freedom means to you personally in your own words?


  1. To me, Freedom is the ability to choose:
    What I will be
    What I communicate
    How I interact with others
    How and if I will worship the diety
    What I do with my time, talent and treasure.

    Freedom isn't free. It must be protected.

    Your mileage may vary.

  2. Wow this is a thought provoking post. I think freedom is the ability to choose, to be free in mind and spirit and body to pursue dreams, to have one's basic needs met, to love, to be loved, to not allow fear to hold us back, to have hopes and dreams that we can strive toward and live, to explore our beliefs although they may be different from others, to have time to enjoy this green earth. Oh Mar, it's so many things, isn't it?! To be able to lives ones life with dignity and to be treated with dignity. Freedom is to love one's self and others. Freedom to explore who we are. I didn't word it as neatly as SECONDARY ROADS did but I think freedom means being able to fully "be life". Thank you precious soul for exploring such a profound topic.

  3. It sounds so simple, doesn't it? I wonder why those having power to preserve it work so hard to limit it.......

    My freedom does have constraints though -- mine stops when I step on yours.

  4. Freedom is about the availability of options, the exercise of which should be carried out within the boundary of Respect.

  5. I think I'll try to put a different spin on it. Freedom is not having no responsibilities.
    Freedom is not being able to do whatever I want without consequences and without having to face those consequences.
    Freedom is not about getting ahead by walking all over others.
    Freedom is not my right to talk over you and stifle you by disrespecting you.
    Freedom is not about thinking, acting, looking the same way as everyone else.
    Freedom is not about sitting on the sidelines and letting someone else protect me.
    Freedom is a verb, an act, requiring commitment, with heart and mind and once
    Freedom is lost, it will not return.
    Cherish what we have.

  6. I think there are many ways to view freedom. I think we will all be a lot more free when we can rid the world of hate and injustice. Thanks so much for stopping by!


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