Being Free

What is freedom to you? Do you feel free?

I don't. Sometimes I don't think I ever will feel free. 

In this day in age, you can't do what you truly want. You need to make money to ensure that you live a decent life. 

I know what many of you are saying... Well why don't you just do what you want or you'll lose your happiness and freedom. I don't think it's that easy. I struggle with being rational and being free-spirited. 

What I truly want to do is travel anywhere and everywhere. Experince life, adventure, people... 

Money. It's the only way to really safely do this. I wish I could just do it. I'm sick of school. I'm sick of following the rules that everyone lays out. Why must we have to go to college or get some crappy job in order to survive decently?

There is so much more I can say about this, but can't get my thoughts together. I'll most likely make another post...

Until then,

DreaminginDepression

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Comments (4)

  1. jaageet

    Hey, I am living the life you dream of. You are right – money is the only way to do it: live free.

    April 10, 2017
  2. bluevader

    For me, freedom has always been a concept that I find difficult to define precisely. In many ways, I think true freedom is independent of one’s life circumstances. I mean – what exactly is freedom? It is not a physical thing made of stuff. It is some kind of state of mind or state of emotion or some mixture of thought and emotion.

    So – if freedom is basically an emergent property of the things I think and feel, then, technically, freedom does not depend on my life circumstances because I can choose how to think and feel in any situation.

    I am too well aware that it is easy to write something like this, when I have not suffered extreme things like prison or concentration camps or persecution or war or debilitating illness or any one of many things in this world that happen to people.

    I like to think that if I was in one of those terrible situations, I could still live a life of freedom by simply choosing to be free inside.

    But probably, in reality, I would struggle mightily and I would probably not feel free.

    So this is why I find the concept of freedom difficult to wrestle with: part of me knows it is simply a state of mind, but the other part of me knows that it must have some connection to one’s life circumstances, because I know I would struggle to feel free in difficult situations.

    But perhaps if I were thrust into such a situation, I would learn something new about myself, something which enables me to live as a free person on the inside no matter what is happening on the outside.

    April 11, 2017
    1. dreamingindepression

      This really made me think more deeply about freedom. Thank you so much for this!

      July 05, 2017
  3. jaageet

    Wow, you are very intelligent. This is not a compliment but an admission of fact as far as I am concerned. You are correct on all counts. There is outer freedom and inner freedom. By outer freedom, I mean living among other people and under conditions of a physical reality. Without getting bogged down with definitions of “outer freedom”, let’s proceed with this conversation and discuss your views as you have expressed them. I contend that life circumstances are real and cannot be dismissed despite the assertion that inner freedom trumps everything. This brings us to the question you raised at the outset: What is freedom?
    This very question, I feel, is provoked by its opposite state: no freedom or imprisonment. While the state of freedom is an idea to be inquired into, the state of imprisonment is a reality. Living is not free and life is like a theme park with an entrance fee (getting born incur birthing expenses that must be paid), tickets to buy for food (hamburgers, coke, pop-corn in place of groceries), entertainment (all kinds of thrilling rides in place of vacations and partying, etc.), and exit fee (funeral and burial expenses). The more money you have, the less imprisoning life circumstances become. At the minimum, financial independence (i.e. no need to work for a living on account of an inheritance, which means all your theme park expenses paid for by Lady Luck) is necessary for basic freedom from imprisoning life circumstances.
    Enough said from me for now. Let’s hear what you have to say.

    April 11, 2017