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Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Neither my life of luxury in the palace nor my life as an ascetic in the forest is the way to freedom.

-- Buddha

What is Freedom?

Here is the definition from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Freedom may refer to:

Freedom (philosophy), the idea of being free.

Freedom (political), the absence of interference with the sovereignty of an individual

Four freedoms, Roosevelt's freedoms of (1) speech and (2) belief, along with the freedom from (3) fear and (4) want.

Liberty, the condition in which an individual has the ability to act according to his or her own will

Economic freedom, a term in economic research and policy debates

Free content, freedom of an artist's work to be redistributed, modified, and studied by others

Freedom of the City, an award made by municipalities

Systolic freedom, a concept in mathematics

Individual freedom, the moral stance, political philosophy, or social outlook that stresses
independence and self-reliance

Statue of Freedom, on top of the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington, D.C. "

It is interesting to note that "Freedom" is also a first name and the names of many places in the world etc...

To learn more on "Freedom" being used as name of many things and objects, just read the entry at

What attracted me is the first definition "Freedom (philosophy), the idea of being free." at

I think the "Inner autonomy" is the one that I find it closed to my heart.

"Freedom can also signify inner autonomy, or mastery over one's inner condition. This has several possible significances:[1]

the ability to act in accordance with the dictates of reason;

the ability to act in accordance with one's own true self or values;

the ability to act in accordance with universal values (such as the True and the Good);

and the ability to act independently of both the dictates of reason and the urges of desires, i.e. a arbitrarily (autonomously)."

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