Chloe Morgane (Camille Crimson) - Redhead with her dog in Winter

What is Freedom?

It’s hard to come up with one definition of freedom because it differs from person to person. However, we can kind of categorize types of freedom.

There’s political freedom. It underlies all our actions: writing what we want, believing what we want, and saying what we want.

There’s social freedom. That’s living our lives, and having relationships with who we want.

There’s financial freedom. You are free to make as much money, or as little as you want. Yes, you are. And you are free to use your money the way you choose to.

There’s the freedom of the mind. Being free of fears and our ego. Letting the mind develop to its full potential.

And then there’s the freedom of the spirit. This is love in its purest form. It’s the understanding that we’re all connected.

What are other types of freedom?

5 thoughts on “What is Freedom?”

  1. I would like to provide a slightly different perspective.

    There are two words that are distinct and yet used interchangeably. One is the notion of Liberty and the other concept of freedom.

    Liberty depends on the environment and many other external factors. Therefore the freedom of speech, freedom to practice any religion without interference of others including a government, freedom to earn and spend as one wishes within the confines of the laws are all nothing but liberty granted at the place one lives (by others and the government). These are the first three items in your list.

    Freedom of mind and spirit belong to a different category and often interpreted to be more in alignment with liberty.

    Steven Covey, the author of ‘7 habits of highly effective people’ says that “Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside of ourselves will affect us.” He cites the work of Victor Frankel who survived the Nazi concentration camp and discovered a sense of freedom that his captors did not have. His captors had liberty but the freedom at a very basic level to choose is often absent in most people. Even while his captors did ignoble experiments and torture on Dr Frankel he discovered a sense of human freedom that was absent in the people doing those things to him

    “in between stimulus and response there is a space, and in that space lay our freedom to respond and our happiness” is a concluding statement about the ultimate freedom from studying the works of Dr Victor Frankel.

    In my interpretation this freedom is beyond all the freedom and is the basis of every other freedom there is. It is not possible to overcome the dictates of one’s ego though one can assert some level of control. The ability to love and one and all is the purest form of freedom indeed but how to do you love a serial killer and love a terrorist the same way we love our child. So it is hard to realize these in actuality because there is a freedom we lack to assert.

    That freedom is to know the truth of who we are which leads to complete self acceptance. Only with unconditional self acceptable which is a choice all human beings have that one can begin to sense the glimmer of universal love.

    Regardless of liberty one has the potential to love ourselves and accept ourselves unconditionally leading to express love of even those who try to kill us. Gandhi after he was shot blurted out not to kill the person who shot him. Jesus Christ prayed for the people who killed him in the cross that they be forgiven for they do not know what they are doing. That is ultimate freedom and is in the reach of every human being. It is the basis of all other freedom regardless of the state of one’s liberty.

  2. Dear Chloe,

    “Freedom” is just another word for “nothing left to lose…”
    Why quote Kris Kristofferson here?
    Simply because in some of the most simplistic words are often heard the most profound statements.
    “Attachments” of any sort actually deny us our freedom.
    Some attachments are willed by us, others are inflicted on us.
    All attachments incur consequences when they are broken. The fact is we are all attached to something be it the air we breathe or the water we drink. It should prove to us we humans are not truly free. Gravity makes us unable to float in the air.
    These are, of course, physical constraints that prove a point about freedom.
    “We are never truly free” but we can “feel free” through other means and those may be factually highly individualized and unrecognized by others.
    Freedom may in fact be simply a state of mind.
    That is all I can say for today.

  3. I think you’ve covered just about everything,Chloe.However, I do find it hard to understand the freedom to bear arms in the USA.

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