Are you free?

United States
July 13, 2010 7:06pm CST
I think I am. I do what I want. Basically I do anything I want and nobody stops me. The things that I want to do changes depending on the situation. Let's say I'm in line for a haircut but when I'm the next customer I realized that I don't have enough money, so I went out of the barber shop because I want to have no debt to anyone. Do you feel the same as me? Or you have a totally different view on freedom?
5 responses
@Largoman (30)
• United States
31 Jul 10
You are free to make some decisions like whether or not to get a hair cut, But are you really free? Janice Choplin said it best "Freedom is just anothr word for nothing left to loose". To answer your question Yes I am free. I pay no bills none. I work if I want to and lounge around if I want to. I say what I want and do what I want. I do not understand your haircut example. Because if you are in line for a hair cut then you want a haircut. If you realize you dont have the money and walk out you are not expressing freedom. I have yet to find a barber shop that will let you owe them (I.O.U). You left because you can't afford the cut. Which bounds you buy money. A slave to the grind.
• United States
31 Jul 10
My point on the barbershop is not to owe but the idea of wanting something. I am just saying that the choice is still mine, I wanted a haircut at first but then short of money and I wanted to get out of the barbershop because I wanted to avoid debt, and to avoid debt, i wanted to avoid paying so i wanted to get out. Do you see what I'm saying? I am doing what I wanted and it is not that I'm enslaved by money or anything, but it was my choice. I am free to decide to what I'm gonna do. Freedom doesn't mean that you can have everything you want but rather the choices will make. You got to do something first before you can get it. For example, you have to break some eggs before you can make an omelet. You want to break the eggs first before you want to fry it in the frying pan. Do you get it now?
• United States
31 Jul 10
I believe we are describing the same thing just in different ways. My point is simple. I see the freedom in wanting a hair cut and getting a hair cut. In another way doing what you want when you want to. I understand you have a choice to either to pay with Cash, Debit, Credit, Also a choice to walk out and not go in to debt. However every human has that ability it is called "Free Will" It is not freedom or being free. That is my opinion that I bring to this discussion.
• United States
1 Aug 10
You asked three questions to start this discussion. 1. Are you free? 2. Do you feel the same as me? 3. Or you have a totally different view on freedom? Answers: 1. I am working on it 2. No 3. yes I am not trying to argue I am stating my opinion.
@Bhadine (144)
• Philippines
14 Jul 10
We Filipinos enjoy freedom. However there is no absolute freedom, we just have relative freedom in which we can do whatever we want to do as long as law is not violated. In my case, I could say I am free but I am bounded with responsibilities. I have to think so many times before doing such things like how to spend money and having a vacation. I don't want to live in regrets just because I once exercise my freedom.
• United States
14 Jul 10
You are still doing as you please because you have reasons why you did things the way they are now.
@paulybg (127)
• China
25 Jul 10
I think I am not as free as expected. In the society, we have so many roles to obey and more important, we have so much responsibility to take. As a son, a husband, a father, etc, taking these responsibilities has almost taken away all my freedom.
• Australia
14 Jul 10
I agree with you, I am much the same. If I feel like going somewhere I go even if I go on my own or if I want to buy something, I just do it. I don't have any debt and I will keep it that way even though I may have to wait a bit longer for something but nobody tells me what I can and cannot do.
• United States
14 Jul 10
I would say i am a free person. I don't have much that hold me down. I too hate having debt I try to get rid of it as soon as possible I would rather by pass the unimportant things just to save money.