What does freedom mean?

Topic #177: What does freedom mean? People talk about freedom all the time, but what does it mean in real…

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?


  1. Freedom is being able to go outside your door without being shot.Freedom is being able to buy food without lining up for hours,Freedom is allowing our children to be taught in schools. Freedom is being able to writie anything we want without being thrown into prison.Freedom is caring for one another no matter what reliagian.

  2. According to Janis Joplin, “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”

  3. I couldn’t even begin to delve into the concept and different points of view when it comes to freedom. There are so many different meanings, situations, and roles freedom take.

    1. what a wonder thought! i guess freedom without boundaries or limitations, yet amounts to responsible behavior is the ideal scene for me.

  4. Freedom means to be able to express yourself, to speak your mind, to enjoy life’s simple comforts without threat or fear. It can also be freedom from overwhelming worries.

  5. For me, freedom is something that should be given value of. Whatever it takes just do the best we could in every situation we are going to face. Making the most out of our time is having saying that “Fear of God is the beginning of true wisdom.”

  6. Freedom is having the opportunity to anything at anytime with out predifined constraints. It can as well be the inner feeling that lets u have piece in your mind about things going on in your life.

  7. Human desire is always connected with attempts to explain, obtain, and experience everything (some might want to add–eliminate all unnecessary suffering). I think, however, that “all this freedom” is a secondary motivation; the primary motivation being the human spirit’s pursuit of self-liberation. “Meaning (of Love) becomes the moving force of self-transcendence, which reaches beyond the limited horizon and longs for the whole.” (Erich Jantsch, The Self-Organizing Universe,–the “of Love” I added).

  8. The answer is inGenesis……..responsibility and man’s tough life was the result of Adam and Eve’s decisions to disobey.God. What happened is history, we work by the sweat of our brow and even the weeds and thistles are against us. My friend it is the nature of fallen man. If there is freedom to be had it is in Christ and his promises. He is, “the way the truth and the life.,” he is our only hope, yours and mine.

  9. Freedom to me means picking up my fishing rod and go fishing whenever I want, go anywhere without molestation or fear for my life, eat whatever I want when ever I want, spend as much or as little i want, give to whoever and or whatever cause without anyone questioning me, travel anywhere I want without fear and love whoever I want whenever I want. Amen!

  10. the bird that flies in the sky knows the real meaning of freedom. nobody else in this world knows the real meaning of this word. everyone may think that they are enjoying the freedom but according to me reality no one is free in this world

  11. Boa pergunta, será que a liberdade existe? Até agora eu não sei o que é isso. Tantos problemas, compromissos que não tem fim, família para cuidar o tempo inteiro! Eu realmente desconheço a liberdade! Sorte de quem a possue.
    Abraços a todos!

  12. I would probably look at freedom as how well you can maintain a peaceful and relaxed state of mind in any types of environment or situation. The key is to minimize the duration and effect of being led around on the nose by emotional responses.

  13. I am a Catholic. I feel the same way about the importance of being able to submit one’s will to God. It is not always easy, but whenever I feel I’ve achieved it, I feel totally free.

  14. This is an interestingly complicated question :)
    To speak for myself, the answer to this question lies in ones definition of ‘freedom’. As I see it, we are all controlled by a divine power, and therefore there are certain things which control us, and so if we consider being controlled as something that limits freedom, then no one is free. To understand this point, you might want to ask yourself the following questions: Are you free to choose when you are born? Are you free to choose when to fall sick? and choose the illness? No one is 100% free, but we are granted a certain amount of freedom using which we lead our lives.
    In the question posted, I think there is a confusion between freedom, choice and responsibility. You are free to take up a job, once chosen it is your responsibility to fulfill it as per the job description, but it is your choice whether to behave responsibly or mess it all up.
    Even after making a choice we are free to either walk away from it and face the consequences or stick to our choice.
    (BTW, i think freedom, choice and responsibility are all linked)

  15. Until a person stop his final breathing there will be no freedom he can gain in his life. Each and everything and each and every day there is some sort of burden – duty -work -worry or responsibility he has to carry on his shoulder. He may be an ordinary person- – family man- or VIP. Every human in this world cannot be get freedom unless he is not a sane person. Anyhow taste our own freedom as we like abet and enjoy life as it goes.

  16. For me it is a simple question. It means being free to think, say and do what a person wants, to live the kind of life a person wants to live. Freedom is not granted by any outside power or force and can never be truly taken from us. Of course with freedom comes responsibility. One must always bare in mind that the freedom one lives out in this way may have consequences for others. So freedom as a virtue depends upon the type of person exercising it. I hope I have made some kind of sense.

  17. freedom is the ability to choose and the right to exercise that choice…one may not be truly free in this lifetime as freedom comes with a lot of responsibilty and consequences-since we are bound by relationships,and socially conditioned to lead a certain life.freedom may be desired but nt attainable at certain levels-we decide hw free we want to be by creating or nt creating relationships as we build our lives.with frredom we also get to understand sacrifice and their relationship – both in their own right are important part of an individuals’ personal growth’to understand the meaning of their lives

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