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True Freedom
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Last edited: Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2007

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This article asks, what is freedom to you?

True Freedom

In the world we live in today, freedom is conceptualized in a variety of ways. Some say it is being physically unobstructed and able to move at will without consequence. Others would argue on a spiritual basis. The idea that one is in control of choosing his or her own spiritual path is huge. These and other thoughts on freedom are very important indeed. However, one aspect tends to be severely overlooked. This is the ultimate freedom we hold within ourselves. It is otherwise classified as “true freedom”.
The concept of true freedom sparks debate among many people. Ideologies and lifestyle contribute largely to the formation of individual perception. For instance, if one has spent time incarcerated, their focus would likely be on physical freedom. Although this is the standard for most thought processes, additional criteria may also apply. One such example is the influence of circumstance. If a person is confined to a specific religion or sect then resentment could begin to harbor. Therefore, the individual’s concept of freedom would possibly be more predominantly spiritual.
Physical freedom can be characterized as “the ability to move freely without consequence”. This is extremely important to the human race as a whole. In many cases people are stripped partially or even entirely of this innate luxury. Prison inmates are a prime example of those who have lost partial physical freedom. Though they have extremity movement, their mobility doesn’t come without possible punishment.
Another type would be those unfortunately plagued by physical disabilities. These people have had their freedom taken often not due to prior choices or actions. In many cases this grave injustice is caused by illness or other circumstances through no fault of their own. Paralysis is almost always a permanent life changing situation. This means forever relying on others to assist with your most private moments. As a result, they are gradually worn down while pride, dignity, and self worth vanish. Could you deal with never moving your limbs again? Have people with physical disabilities had their freedom truly taken?
Spiritual freedom is controversial in its own right. Many different sects of religion have been developed through the ages. Some of these are under constant ridicule by others. To have spiritual freedom is to possess spiritual beliefs unrestricted by anyone. Every religion has its own strict code of right and wrong. Sometimes these codes prove to falsify the underlined righteousness of that belief. Abuse of these codes leads to severe brainwashing and mental manipulation tactics.
A prime example of this unfortunate misuse is the former Branch Davidians. David Koresch, the cult leader, had hundreds convinced of his divine supremacy. By using popular biblical passages, he successfully brainwashed the ideals of many. In further explanation he twisted their thought process against their “free” will. The manipulation tactics are primarily used to victimize unsuspecting, weak minded people. This subtle loss of a sovereign mind results in a gradual ripping of spiritual freedom. These savage and unjust practices are being used daily by religious hierarchy.
Freedom is a concept unrealized by today’s self absorbed society. Many are oblivious to the real meaning even by their own right. It has been molested through centuries of refining its definition. Essentially an unrecognizable distortion has occurred massively obscuring this blessed right. For all the travesties of justice we witness every day, you would think freedom would be more highly regarded. Yet as we mesh even more into this selfish world, the reality of freedom grows increasingly distant. Now we are dwindled down to only our own values and definitions. So ask yourself, what is true freedom?

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