Topic #177: What does freedom mean? People talk about freedom all the time, but what does it mean in real life? Is a person who has a job truly free? What about the responsibilities of having a family or a friend? It’s one thing to be free to make a choice, but after a choice is made, are we truly free anymore?
In America we take freedom for granted. It is the belief of many people from around the world that Americans are “TOO” free. I have heard complaints about having to many choices for cereal and milk to being free to express whatever one wants. In some instances I can hold heartedly agree that we do posses way too many freedoms. But my agreement primarily focused on one’s ability to sue in this great country over any and everything.
Besides the personal beliefs and grievances over what freedom is, It basically translates into: Freedom is the ability to do what one wants without infringing on another’s rights.
There are two distinct forms of freedom that are often confused and are diametrical. The freedom from and the freedom to are what we wrap a flag around and try to achieve a symbiotic balance between.
Freedom is being able to go outside your door without being shot. Freedom is being able to buy any kind of food. Freedom is allowing our children to be taught in schools regardless of sex, religion, etc. Freedom is being able to express our discontent, happiness or lack there of without fear of retaliation. Freedom is the ability to do what one wants, when one wants. What we have in many places is the illusion of freedom. There are still parts of the world were even this illusion is missing and most don’t even realize it.