How do you define freedom?

@Astraea (175)
Sweden
March 5, 2009 11:37am CST
For me, freedom is the right to do whatever you want, however you want. True freedom would be to live in a world with no restrictions, no government, no collectivism. A world where the individual is what matters. A place where people can choose whether they want to live in some sort of a society, or completely free, unrestricted by laws, taxes and bureaucracy in general. Thus, I feel that true freedom lie within a form of anarchism. What is your opinion on freedom? What defines freedom? I'll be happy to hear your opinions.
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6 responses
@arvaster (521)
• United States
5 Mar 09
To me freedom is where I can act and voice my opinion however I want without being stopped by anyone. I don't believe in anarchy, that's kind of the reason why we have organized governments nowadays :P
@Astraea (175)
• Sweden
5 Mar 09
But don't governments possibly affect your right to voice your opinions? I guess it's different in various countries, but you're not allowed to completely speak your mind (in Sweden, at least) if your words hurt someone. And you're not free to do as you wish either, right? Laws exist to control the population, and people who are controlled do not have freedom. That's just my opinion, of course. Thanks for responding! It's always interesting to look at a subject with different eyes.
@arvaster (521)
• United States
6 Mar 09
1. You're Swedish? 2. Of course the government do. But I rather live with laws and somewhat "restricted" (if you may) freedom rather than no government and a more anarchistic type of freedom. Especially the way civilizations have evolved through history; there has always been leaders. To create and enforce laws upon the people. Ideally a free world would be more medieval and/or Native American. Where as long as you don't go against the Monarch and the country you'll be just fine :P
@Astraea (175)
• Sweden
6 Mar 09
1. Why, yes. At least last time I checked. 2. I understand your point of view. You're really good at expressing your opinions, even though we don't agree. The world would be such a boring place if everybody were the same. Have a great day!
• India
6 Mar 09
naw for me freedom is havin fun while not hurtin other ppl happy lottin and have a nice day!
@Astraea (175)
• Sweden
6 Mar 09
I agree, as long as no one is hurt, you should be free to do as you wish. Thank you for your response! Please, do enjoy yourself on mylot!
@HelloMickey (1656)
• Hong Kong
5 Mar 09
I like freedom and I think I live in a place with freedom. But I think some of the bad guys would use freedom as an excuses doing whatever they wanted without thinking other.
@Astraea (175)
• Sweden
5 Mar 09
That is indeed the number one problem with total freedom. One way to protect oneself against criminals might be to live in small communities, where you basically live independently but help defend each other if needed. Thank you for your response.
• United States
5 Mar 09
When I think of freedom. Prison is the first thing that comes to mind. I think not being lock up in one is freedom.
@Astraea (175)
• Sweden
5 Mar 09
I can understand your thoughts. Being looked up against oneĀ“s will is certainly not freedom. Thank you for voicing your opinion!
@hellcord (675)
• Romania
25 Apr 09
oh and one of my favourite quotes on this :D I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it. - Thomas Jefferson Most govt. officials could probably benefit from being reminded of this one
@hellcord (675)
• Romania
25 Apr 09
Liberty to live, learn, travel, explore, build, use what you have built or invented however you see fit, as long as it does not infringe on others' wellbeing, and generally having enough space around you to use your mind, your body, your feelings and emotions, all gifts that nature has endowed upon you, to the best of your ability, either alone, or together with whoever you wish to associate with. Terrocrats and the insane system of countries, laws and regulations that we now live in, makes true freedom a rather distant reality. I for instance, would like to grow shrooms, use ayahuasca / dmt, mescalin from cacti, and so on and so forth, psychoactives of the hallucinogenic type. These are all things that cause no violent behavior, no addiction, no strain on society or pollution on nature, on the contrary. More green plants, more art, more tolerance and happiness for all. However the governments of most countries have pigs working around the clock with their noses in sh1t, trying to sniff me out, me and all people like me, to lock away together with the most brutish murderers and rapists and sociopaths, the vilest creatures known to man. So it is true then, Freedom, by definition, must include the availability of anarchism, areas where there is no official law, no government law beyond self rule or minimal agreements between local natives. If you know such places or think of starting one, I'm in Governments, Corporations and indeed most groups that grow beyond a certain size and age, will by their very nature attempt to opress, control and limit the individual.