Monday, July 20, 2015

What is True Freedom

“True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.” Mortimer J. Adler

There are numerous poems, songs or quotes about freedom, what is it about? why would human beings pursue it by all means and cost? Here is the dictionary definition of freedom: “Freedom is the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint.”

There are positive and negative freedoms linked to positive and negative rights. Before you can do that, you have to know who and what you are at this moment to even determine what the free expression of your constructed self is right now. In the end, however, freedom is freedom from compulsion or necessity, but for this to exist, we need morality and for morality to exist, we need an objective understanding of progress; the point is one cannot develop a right way within an environment that rewards wrong ways; the whole edifice of human civilization needs to be reworked in the simplest of terms; if this world is full of social costs and wrong thinking, then what we must aspire to is Utopia. Detachment is apathy, and one is free, but at what cost, this is negative freedom; also if one is free in this state, how does one make a choice? Either one is not detached or one cannot choose because one is apathetic and perhaps catatonic.

What you get in return from freedom is peace of mind: When you don't have any compulsion, you are free, you don't worry whether it's positive or negative, you accept things, you don't judge, you don't worry about what others think, you don't get into a rat race, you don't even want others to accept your way of thought, because you know everything is momentary and everything you come across is a something you have to experience in this journey called life. You just seek. You try to find answers from within. You don't believe in any dogmas. Your mind is not cluttered. You are free...

Nothing in the universe is absolutely free, everything is bound to something! We seek freedom in life because the real nature of our original personality of supreme self is freedom. Due to ego and the material layers of body, mind, and intellect, we wrongly posit this freedom, reality, happiness, pleasure, contentment, perfection, etc. to the world of time, space and causation or objects, beings, and experiences. This false imposition leads to dependency on the world as we are ignorant of our true self. Anything that finds a momentary freedom is on the path to be bound. Even enlightened beings are clinging to enlightenment. Real freedom is to be free from the desire to be free. Cutting that umbilical chord to be free being bound you to life giver.

A free person is indeed "rule-less," "borderless," and "worry-less," but not thinking less or mindless, though. “She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderer, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. 'Time' for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” -Roman Payne


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