Are we free?

Everyone has a skewed view of what freedom means. We argue incessantly to take away freedoms from others while citing freedom as our cause. This makes me think we need to review what freedom actually is. The three definitions of freedom are:

  1. the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
  2. absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government
  3. the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved

We fail frequently at 1 (just watch the left and right fighting nightly on the news) and 3 (US has second highest incarceration rate in the world) and have been slowly sinking into number 2 (pun intended). Continue reading