"The condition of being free; the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints or, immunity from an obligation or duty..."
These are the two definitions of freedom according to my desktop dictionary. And for some people these two definitions are the basics of their understanding of freedom. According to them, Charles Mansion and many criminals, including the Nazis and Communists, were free minded people exercising their personal, God given rights to absolute freedom. The problem with these two definitions is that they apply to Robinson Crusoe living circumstances and to no one else. Everything is relative, of course, and humans, living within any organized group or society, have to obey certain laws in order to enjoy their tribal benefits. They cannot be free from their social responsibilities, their actions have to be controlled by the laws of their group otherwise it would cease to exist. So, the definition of freedom has to contain the restriction, 'freedom within the socially imposed limits.'
Is there a human condition where one can exercise full freedom? Probably not and in that sense only animals are totally free. However, there's one freedom that is uncontrolled and unrestricted for all of us. Freedom of thought. Freedom of speech and expression are guaranteed in all democratic societies yet one must be careful what one says or writes because some members of our or any other society consider Laws as an unfair to them imposition.
Causes steven nedelton Supports
Disabled War Veterans, Disabled Police Veterans