One of my favorite poems concludes, "If I have freedom in my love and in my soul am free, angels alone that soar above enjoy such liberty."
I say freedom is dangerous, not because I would limit anyone's freedom. I say freedom is dangerous because it is the guide to truth and truth is not always what we want it to be.
To embrace freedom is to embrace all the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune including pain and death. Such is the nature of life that though we dance the dance of life from the moment we are born, our partner is always death.
Many avoid the dance of life out of fear of their partner death. But to live freely, the dance with death must be accepted.
Freedom is hard to understand. Sometimes freedom always requires a yes or a no. The problem is: we can never know for certain what the right answer might be. But not to worry if you are free. Either answer is the right answer no matter what the result of the yes or no might be.
A wise young actor, whose name I won't mention, said in the early 60's, "I would rather be sorry for the things I have done than for the things I didn't do."
In the current American world of political correctness, it can be very difficult to truly be free. We all want to be loved and respected. But we need to honestly face ourselves by asking ourselves, "Do we want to be loved and respected for who we are or would we be satisfied with being love and respected for someone who is not our true self?"
There is no easy answer. The answer becomes more difficult as we add layers of clothing to hide our true nature (dress, think, speak and act to please others). In the process, we give up our freedom to be who we are/were.
I will conclude by saying the battle to be free is a lifelong battle. We will win some and lose some. This is what it means to be human. And once you accept being human is when you start to be free: free from what others think, say, believe and do. Free to be you.