Freedom

Freedom.  

A word often tossed about today. ame to me upon pondering a subject for a test blog post.

 

 

But what is freedom? - Well let me go ahead and paste the definition from google for us to look at.

 

 

< Define:Freedom >

 

 

 

 


free·dom  

/ˈfrēdəm/

Noun

The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.


I think a common misconception with the word freedom is that we do not differentiate between power and a right.

I have the right to speak my mind; I have the power to speak my mind.

This misconception we may have been caused by what most of us relate freedom to at the core of our understanding. Slavery; Israelites enslaved in Egypt; Africans enslaved in the Americas, etc.

Then we begin to think about what freedom is in relation to slavery and a few meanings may come to mind - Not being forced to work for no pay, Not being told what to do, Not being able to do what you WANT to do - Not being controlled.

I have the right to not be controlled; I have the power to not be controlled.

Lets go back and take a look at the first definition up there.

The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.


The Power

Define: Power >


Pow·er  

/ˈpouər/

Noun

The ability to do something or act in a particular way, esp. as a faculty or quality.


to act

Define: Act >


act  

/akt/

Verb

Take action; do something: "they urged Washington to act".


(Free speech is a big statement in some countries. Some don't have it. They are hindered or restrained. Slowed down or stopped. Beaten up or murdered.)

or THINK

< Define: Think >


think  

/THiNGk/

Verb

Have a particular opinion, belief, or idea about someone or something: "she thought that nothing would be the same again".


OR right

 < Define: Right >

 (misconception that they are the same thing)


right  

/rīt/

Noun

That which is morally correct, just, or honorable: "the difference between right and wrong"


(This is the part we can all relate to, for the most part we can ACT as we WANT. I mean we don't have to work in the mines every day like some unfortunate North Koreans; that accounts for a lot. Sure we can even go 10 mph over the speed limit, only risk getting a speed ticket; slight hindrance. )

speak

< Define: Speak >


speak  

/spēk/

Verb

Say something in order to convey information, an opinion, or a feeling.


(To HAVE a particular opinion, belief or idea about someone or something. We don't have to show it, say it or anything about it other than HAVE it. 

What does it mean to have an Idea about someone or something? To have our own thoughts about someone or something? What if I WANT to appreciate something in particular because of the idea I have of it?

Here is where I begin to wonder about the things that can restrain or hinder a persons thoughts.

We can apply that we have a right AND hopefully financial freedom to obtain the knowledge we WANT.

But is knowledge the only component of what we think?

What about thoughts of childhood? fantasies? dreams? jokes? appreciation?

What about the core thoughts of imagination?

of who we are?

What are the type of things that hinder or restrain our thoughts of imagination and who we are?

There are no physical constraints or hindrances like our previous two factors, Acting and Speaking. Whatever it is, it must be something that is metaphysical. Something that is applied outside the bounds and laws of physics. 

Well it turns out that fear of being rejected by the world holds is back from being who we really are.

To stop for a minute, and think about the extreme amounts of 'thought energy' that is pored down the drain in the department of concern for what others might think, what should you portray to be considered acceptable, what should be done in what way or you will look stupid.

The moment we gain back all that horribly wasted 'thought energy', I believe we can all be Einsteins.

Which is funny that he comes up. I happen to have a little quote from him.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge" - Albert Einstein 

Maybe the real goods of what he discovered isn't about gravity and physics after all. )


Our thoughts determines what we say, determines what we do. Agree?

If we are restrained or hindered at the core of being who we are because of the fear of rejection; then isn't our words and actions restrained and hindered as well?

Where does the bulk of our thoughts go to? How much of our day is spent calculating away for a solution over impressions and acceptance of other people?

How much room would that leave for our imagination?

Imagine the abilities we can ALL unlock if we were to fully use our brain.

The ability to learn and make mistakes without fear of looking stupid.

The ability to express our appreciation for what we really like, without fear of it seeming stupid.

 

I have a right to my imagination; I have the power to my imagination.

Posted on May 24, 2013 .