Freedom

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Freedom.

It’s a word we all have our own idiosyncratic views about. It’s a well debated word too. The world we live in today, is in many ways, connected to what we perceive in this seven letter word. True freedom is what we all strive for in many ways. So, yeah, it is a very interesting topic, one of colossal significance.

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘freedom’?

Do you know what I think when I hear that word?

I picture myself being able to fly. I imagine that sheer energy that comes from being able to do something impossible. I imagine the joy at the prospect of something that limits me being stripped away. Yeah, we all can relate to that. What we see when we hear the word ‘freedom’ always has something to do with our limitations. And that’s no surprise. After all, freedom essentially means ‘being free’.

Freedom is something we all strive towards because we believe ultimate freedom will make us happy. But will it? Is our idea of ‘freedom’ a soup of fallacious ideas that has fooled our sagacity?

That’s what I was thinking of, a few days ago, when I looked out the window and saw a bird flapping it’s wings in pure natural majesty. If I asked that bird what picture comes to its mind when I say the word ‘freedom’, what would it say?

Would it talk about swimming in an ocean?

That’s something it can’t do, right?

Well anyways, it was a moment of epiphany for me.

The truth is that the value we give for what ounce of freedom we have, is in many ways based on our knowledge of our own limitations.

If you were born without any limitations, how in the world could you value freedom? The concept of freedom would not exist for you. It would be a joy you’ll never know. Not because you are not free, but because you do not know what a limitation means.

Why do we need true freedom if we can’t enjoy it?

I believe you feel true freedom, when you are limited but agree and see your limitations as a necessary part of your life, so much so, that you don’t want it to go away. This way, you are aware of what your limitation is, but you also accept it, making it a part of your freedom. When you start believing a limitation is not limiting you,Β  it no longer is a limitation. And I believe that is where we start enjoying true freedom

I believe we are blessed to be limited beings. For that is what helps us to enjoy what freedom we have.

 

 

 

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Stefan

I am a college student, studying in India. I'm a musician and I love to write, be on stage, and meet people. My blogs are about looking at life from a new perspective. I try to talk about the things we all sometimes miss out on.

27 thoughts on “Freedom”

      1. You’re very welcome! I am doing pretty good. There’s not much happening. Just work, spending time with my kids and trying to maintain a schedule so I can write. My work has me gone for 12 hours. Not much time for concentrating when I get to the house. I’m usually too tired…lol

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    1. Thank you, Tosin! I got into my dream university. I’m still working on how to write regularly. I love this community and I never want to stop writing. How are you by the way?

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      1. I can imagine it must be a juggling act getting your schedule together. I trust God to give you wisdom on how to plan your day to give you the best result.

        I’m doing well by God’s grace. As I write to you I’m working on a screenplay…I feel out of sorts but I’m sure it’ll come out well. It’s for a domestic violence awareness campaign. Every other thing is fine, family and all.

        We love you in this community πŸ’žπŸ’ž

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      2. Yeah, I know God’s going to help me. So happy to hear about the screenplay. It is a great thing. I know God’s going to bless it.

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  1. Thank you for visiting my blog and referring me to this post!

    This line particularly struck me: “I believe you feel true freedom, when you are limited but agree and see your limitations as a necessary part of your life, so much so, that you don’t want it to go away.”

    I am severely limited. One look at me crippled and crumpled up in a wheelchair, and it’s quite obvious. But I know that my limitations do not limit me from becoming exactly who I was created to be, fulfilled in true love and true joy. As you express in your post, we all have limitations, necessary limitations in order to be human beings alive on Earth. Some of us seem to have more limitations than others, but no natural limitations can limit a person’s human nature. The profound Mystery of Christianity is the Incarnation β€” God, who is completely limitless, infinite, eternal, and all-powerful, chose to become a human being, to experience the very real limitations of a human life. He even willingly chose to experience more severe limitations of poverty, persecution, and crucifixion. None of these limitations took away His divinity. In fact, it was only through these limitations that He could truly make manifest His limitless love. With sacred wonder, its-good-to-be-here.com explores and extols the sacred littleness of human beings β€” mine, yours, and Christ’s. As you wisely wrote, we cannot understand or even experience true freedom without limitations.

    The last part of the line that I quoted from your post gives me much more to ponder. Would I choose the severe limitations of my disabling disease? Would I want my disability to go away? If you want to read more about that question, you could check out this blog post: https://authorchristinachase.com/2020/03/06/agony/ (or, of course, check out the book πŸ˜‰ )

    I’m sorry this was long!
    Peace be with you! (And keep writing!)

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    1. Christina, thank you for reading my post. One of the coolest things about having this blog is that I get to meet new people all the time. I was this extroverted kid who felt like he never fit in. Meeting people here has changed my life so much. I’m really happy to have met you and shared my thoughts with you.
      I wrote this when I joined college. I was this kid who grew up in a very conservative Christian home(we were not even allowed to watch secular movies) and I’d entered a world where anything was possible. I found myself threatened, left out, and maybe even repulsed by the freedom my friends had. Understanding freedom in this way was what allowed me to survive and not damage myself in a way that would take years to repair. Drastic changes to our perspective can have that effect if we start acting on them too fast.
      I’m intrigued by your story and will definitely be reading more of your posts. Thank you once again.

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