What Is Freedom?

In his book, Pulling Your Own Strings, Wayne Dyer says:

No one is handed freedom on a silver platter. You must make your own freedom. If someone hands it to you, it is not freedom at all, but the alms of a benefactor who will invariably ask a price of you in return.

Freedom means you are unobstructed in ruling your own life as you choose. Anything less is a form of slavery. If you cannot be unrestrained in making choices, in living as you dictate, in doing as you please with your body (provided your pleasure does not interfere with anyone else’s freedom), then you are without the command I am talking about, and in essence you are being victimized.

To be free doesn’t mean denying your responsibilities to your loved ones and your fellow man. Indeed, in includes the freedom to make choices to be responsible. But nowhere is it dictated that you must be what others want you to be when their wishes conflict with what you want for yourself. You can be responsible and free. Most people who will try to tell you that you cannot, who will label your push for freedom “selfish,” will turn out to have measures of authority over your life, and will really be protesting your threat to the holds you have allowed them to have on you.

When I read this passage I thought it was an interesting parallel to a few things:

  • Homeschoolers being told they are selfish by non homeschoolers
  • Homeschoolers potential relationship with curriculum
  • Our children and their relationship with learning and their own lives
  • My responsibility as a parent to my children if I want them to learn to be free too

What do you think?

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3 Responses to “What Is Freedom?”

  1. Silvia Says:

    Wow–you really are on a roll with this subject! Keep ’em coming. 🙂

  2. sunniemom Says:

    I think exercising one’s liberty and being decisive always looks arrogant to those who do not wish to be responsible for their own lives. And those who cherish liberty the most will be the most responsible to uphold the highest levels of personal conduct in order to continue in liberty.

    Reminds me of Galatians 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
    and
    “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” George Bernard Shaw


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