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The nature of Freedom #RXC

Disclaimer: The thoughts below are not meant to offend and are open to criticism and debate.

Sometimes I ponder freedom as a concept. I watch both its chosen and self-proclaimed disciples. Those that want it, those that need it, and those who have been better off without it.
What does the blood of conquerors do with freedom, but to wreak havoc upon all others.
In a land of many tribes with many languages, and many beliefs, will choice represent freedom, or will it bring anarchy?
Can anyone hold the patent to what freedom should be?
Should anyone impose their way upon another?

The ways of this world
evolve with changing knowledge
But the cores are wise
they have stood the test of time
Identities set in stone

Is freedom a thing like Death, profound and meant for all?
And if it is like death, then the way we perceive it cannot be bound to one school of thought.
Cannot be bound to one vision

Do those that liberate, take different freedoms in exchange?

Freedoms bound to debt
tempered by accepted ways
illusions of choice
Bite not the hand that feeds you
The hand that owns your freedom

Do you often surrender to the norm?
For it is not wise to go against the tide,
but rather to know when and how to sail it.

As the ocean currents drag waves in particular directions,
the sailor must watch carefully,
for some tides are destined for the vortex in the deep
For the whirlpool that consumes.

I learn to respect the things another chooses
To reject what my gut will not stomach
I learn to accept
To divine
that all customs come with flaws
And one way is never the only way
For your way
need not be mine.

So what is the nature of freedom?
At its core, Freedom is chaos…
And there is no one order to tame it.

For Reena’s exploration challenge


Author @JItakali on twitter

41 thoughts on “The nature of Freedom #RXC

  1. There is no place where we can experience total freedom. One of our poets put it so well, ( my translation may not be that good)
    For You free people, neither this world nor here after is the ideal place
    Here we are bound to experience death, there we are bound to live for eternity!

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    1. Yeah that sounds just about right. Even nature has rules. I will say though, that an enlightened spirit can find total freedom in this world. It may be a state of mind and has nothing to do with worldly customs.

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  2. You raise deep questions, which will not have uniform answers across the board.

    There is a law to not harm others. Other than that, an individual asks for liberties which do not offend others.

    A quest for freedom starts where there is an imbalance, and one side feels encroached on by the other.

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    1. Yeah, I totally agree with your three statements. Customs and morals should be equal for all parties involved, especially with gender biases. But there are beliefs that are generally accepted by all the people/tribe/race. In such cases, forcing foreign ideals feels really wrong.

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    1. Yeah, that’s very true. There is always an opportunity cost. Sometimes the freedom experiment does not work, coz the cost is too high.

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  3. Thought-provoking piece, Jude! Freedom is the spirit of life and the consolation at death. Freedom may not touch our lives physically but mentally freedom will dominate if we let it.

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  4. Hey Jude, I agree with every word of yours. The concept of freedom when put into motion effectively turns into a paradox for one or the other. I think the world will always have two sides to it; freedom and oppression, good and evil. What we consider evil will not be the same for others. What some consider good will not be that for others.
    Its exactly like you said “Freedom is chaos and there is no one order to tame it.”
    We all need to learn acceptance, healthy and safe boundaries. Regardless of all our concepts of, not just freedom, but of life.

    Inspiring work Jude! 👏🏽

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    1. Where I am, it’s often tied to a basic financial freedom which is not a given for the ‘developing world’ but is the standard for the western world. After that we go higher up Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

      For me, it’s following my passions.

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    1. Thank you for sharing the article, Colleen.
      I wasn’t saying freedom should be chaos. I was just saying it was chaos in the way it is different for different groups of people.

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    1. Been away without my P.C, and wordpress won’t work on my handset. Apologies for getting to this late.


  5. Freedom is a concept not an ideal… for everyone’s freedom untapped, infringes on another… but if I accept that your rights are equal to mine, and you likewise, then you, and I will accept the limitations of freedom… and be free…

    It is when the drivers on the road accept the limitations of freedom… that wanton accidents do not occur…!

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    1. Yeah, preisely put. Equal rights, but within different cultures. I’m catholic and I’ve always thought women should be able to be priests or priestesses.. And muslims should have all the restrictions they want, for both women and men equally. That sort of thing

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  6. Freedom is hard to define. As you stated, it means different things to different people. And one’s ability to live what they consider a free life sometimes infringes on another’s rights. It’s a quandary.

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