Freedom

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When asked the question, “Am I free?”, there is a challenge to your brain as to what the true definition of “freedom” is. When looked up in a dictionary, 17 different definitions come up. The first definition is, “the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint”, while the last definition states, “the power to exercise choice and make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination”. These two definitions are both similar, because they describe freedom, but different in states of being. The first definition specifically creates the illusion of physical freedom, as in nothing to strapping you down or tying you to another object preventing you from moving. The other definition displays the sense of decisional freedom, meaning you can make your own decisions without being told specifically what to do, 24/7. I don’t believe that there is one answer for this question because there are so many different definitions of freedom, and there is an infinite list of why I could be free and why I couldn’t be free. For example, I am free to get up and walk out of my house. Not because my parents aren’t controlling and don’t strap me down to a chair, but because I simply have the ability to do that whenever I’d like. However, I am not free to take the car, which my dad and I share, whenever I please, because it is rude and disrespectful to my dad, who pays for that car. I have to ask politely, and within reason, to borrow the car simply because that is the rule. He’s not going to murder me if I do, but there will always be punishment for disobeying this rule. There are many rules created by the government preventing us from killing people and doing drugs and such, but people still do it. Not because they’re told not to, but because they can. They have the ability to get away with it, making it more fun and enjoyable for them. I’m not going to walk out of my house and murder the next...
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