What is Freedom?

August 13, 2008

For a kid, Freedom may mean ‘freedom to eat chocolates and ice creams anytime’.

Freedom, for a student, may mean ‘freedom from tests and exams’.

Freedom, for a working person, may mean ‘freedom from working late’.

For a sick person, Freedom may mean ‘freedom from illness’.

For a girl, Freedom may mean ‘freedom from eveteasing guys’.

For a guy, Freedom may mean ‘freedom to smile at any beautiful girl’.

Freedom for a home-maker may mean ‘freedom from routine household chores’.

Freedom for a labourer may mean ‘freedom from exhaustive work’.

For a beggar, Freedom may mean ‘freedom from begging’.

Freedom for those who party may mean ‘freedom to go pub hopping after 12 in the midnight’.

For a filmstar or cricketer (or a shooter who has won an Olympic gold), Freedom may mean ‘freedom to walk on the street like any of us and eat Chaats from the roadside gaadi‘.

Of course these are all just guesses. The answer can vary from person to person.

Radio, TV, online forums all ask this one question a week before the independence day: What does ‘true freedom’ mean to you?

I honestly don’t know what ‘true freedom’ means. Can you help me, please?

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10 Responses to “What is Freedom?”

  1. praneshachar Says:

    freedom at midnight we got on account of the sacrifice and unstinted efforts thro non violence led by Mahatma GAndhi
    what party man wants at midnight is quite opposite to what gandhi drempt rama rajyada badalu ramarasada maja ivarige beku
    freedom perception is very individualistic as we have not got freedom the way our forefathers wanted. what is happening now had gandhi seen he himself must have killed himself
    any how it is 61st independence day
    wish u all a very happy independence day

  2. ksavai Says:

    Wow… nice thought.. .
    for me Freedom is No to nothing…

  3. Shiv Says:

    For me its Freedom of expression, employment, faith and enterprise. Also its freedom from any external entities. To appreciate freedom (in the physical sense), one can watch the movie “Enemy at the Gates” which shows how every square is fought for and how own teritory is defended & won back.

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  5. Veena Says:

    Good thought! I erased my statements so many times thinking about what freedom means to me, lost thinking about it. May be living life as we like.

  6. Sanjay M Says:

    I think freedom is completely useless if we dont know what we want to do, and if we dont have a sense of direction. So first of all its impt to address that fundamental factor. We must know what it is we really want. As opposed to what we think we want. Simply mere immediate childish gratification, is obvious in the first example of the kid in the post, but is more or less the same, even for all the other examples as well.

    So first of all we must, atleast try, and develop the ability to listen to our own heart.

    Then freedom is inevitable. It simply happens. Every force in the world – and as its said in the Alchemist – the entire universe will conspire to make it happen.

  7. Josh Says:

    I believe freedom is individualistic. It depends on your views. Just do not give freedom up for comfort.

    Josh Bulloc

  8. dreambaby75 Says:

    It is inspiring to read about what others think freedom means and how you attain a sense of being free. This is something I have been exploring for the last few months on my blog. The idea that freedom is No to nothing resonates with me. Since freeing myself from an unhappy situation I have found myself saying “Yes” more often. I also believe it is important to first know what you need in order to move in the direction that leads to your sense of freedom. The choice I made certainly involved giving up on physical comfort and stability to be free. The other elements that I have been reflecting on are living in the moment, friendship, intimacy and solitude and releasing old patterns and roles. You can see my reflections at dreambaby 75.

  9. Freedom is true only when it is shared 🙂

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