This includes all the important things in life like air, freedom, life, living, love, children, marriage, jobs, and friendships. However, if we consider the meaning of free, "without cost of any kind to anyone at any time--past, present or future", it would be hard to find anything that is free. Every aspect of life carries some sort of commitment.
Freedom is not free. In order for this great country of ours to possess freedom that it offers, countless numbers of men and women have paid a high price to make it so. In order for us to go about freely in this great country, we have to follow certain guidelines or obedience of laws for the general welfare. If we insist on not doing so, eventually, our freedom will be lost and then placed under guarded control.
Life is not free. One has to commit to life. Even though a child is brought into this world through no decision of his or her own, it costs someone to bring that child into this life, and it will further cost for life to be maintained for that child. In addition, in order to live, one has to commit to the idea of living, at whatever standards they choose or their circumstances dictate.
Living is not free. Life consists of many elements and the cost of each must be factored in: nourishment for our health, apparel for our bodies, learning for our minds, nurturing for emotional well being, just to name a few. There are those these things must be provided for and we do, because they cannot. Then there are those who refuse to work to provide these things for them--the rest of us bear the burden of doing so. Furthermore, death is not free. Just ask those who pay for the memorials of that dear departed loved one. Pain and...