Oh my Holy Spirit! I’ve just met Doug, of North Carolina, here at the Fauna Luxury Hostel in San Jose, Costa Rica. This question hasn’t been asked here before, probably because the answer seems so obvious. Well, Doug is deeply philosophical and finds a dichotomy in the question:
Can anyone actually find FREEDOM without the presence of others? Without a fellow population? Because, alone, we must bear the heavy burden of all details of our survival. Without other consciousnesses to interact with; such as family, pets, or community, we might die of loneliness. As “social animals,” can humans even survive if life is FREE of everyone else’s involvement?
Then, there’s the concept of Free Country; or Freedom to be who we want to be.
Plus, we also use the term, FREE, to mean without cost; whereas, achieving true freedom might carry a huge price tag. Such as War, Loss of Lives, a College Education … or even, obtaining a good job that won’t enslave us. One man’s prison might be another’s wide open plains! Oh, my Holy Spirit! Does Freedom actually exist?
“Oh, My Linda Layli! You could have just turned him down. Ever since Doug was a little, bitty baby, he has wanted to know the underpinnings of concepts which everyone else takes for granted. That is a deep and lonely position, because they don’t want to explain something so black and white in their own minds.
But, it’s the elusiveness of Freedom that he sees so clearly, and that can be an endless puzzlement. Nelson Mandela could answer this question for him! He pondered all angles from within a South African prison cell for many, many years before becoming Prime Minister at the end of Apartheid. Essentially, he had never lost his freedom, though, most other humans would think otherwise. Where does Freedom lie, if not within the heart?”