What does it mean to be free?

To me, freedom is simply the ability to do what I enjoy.

Well, what say you, internet? What does it mean to be free?

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11 thoughts on “What does it mean to be free?

  1. “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose”. I’m not sure Janis Joplin’s definition isn’t as good as any other. lol I guess to me freedom is being able to immerse myself into what I am passionate about. Whether that’s a person, an area of learning, travel. Such freedom is of course all to rare in this world. I feel a little bit uncomfortable answering this question surprisingly. It makes me feel extremely privileged to be able to give the answer I have given.

    1. I think that our answers and our thoughts on the topic are very similar, if the answer you gave is any indicator.

      I never thought of it from an aspect of privilege. Ultimately you’re right, though. There are people the world over who do not possess the ability to pursue what they are interested in, passionate for, or curious about. If I had been born in say, Somalia, I’m sure my answer would be very different than the one I gave.

      Very thought provoking!

      1. Agreed! Your little questions actually spurred me onto writing a blog post that has been bubbling in my head for sometime. So we not only have similar thoughts on the topic, but we seem to be thinking about it at around the same time! lol I’ve just posted it now. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. 🙂

  2. The ability to express, condone, condemn, operate, think and act without any hindrances as long as your “expression” and/or “act” does not hinder the freedom/rights of others. The “Sphere of liberty” is a good example. Freedom is great when you have it….but it’s too late when it’s gone. To get it back, it can take years to even realize you’ve lost it. As for graduating from school? Nothing better!

  3. Freedom to me means that the government and others recognize my right to live a life without infringement or undue interference, and that I recognize that same right in others.

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