What is freedom?

From my posts I do not seem like the kind of guy that would sit down and question the existence of freedom. But when you get to observe a few characters and scenarios in your life, you begin to question things. The definition of freedom is the power to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or the absence of subjection to foreign domination. But have you ever sat down and really thought about the concept of freedom and if it actually exists or just like the ufo’s, is the imagination of some witty person whose imaginary bounds were unlimited. I may come off as a person who just wants to draw controversy but after reading this for the first time, get rid of your bias and approach this piece with an open mind. It has become apparent to me, as I’ve stated from observation, that the concept of freedom is a state of mind.

Historically, slaves were denied their right of association and essentially their “freedom” as human beings. Aren’t we all bound by someone or something in life? Don’t we all have that part of our lives that we feel if we shared would leave us vulnerable? And even if we share it, isn’t it always with the person we assume we trust the most? Don’t we all have that one person we can do anything for? Aren’t we slaves to the relationships we have with the people we relate to? Don’t we always hope that what we share in confidentiality is kept as just that? To love and be loved is part of human nature and it is only natural that we look for that love where we feel it is readily available. This state of emotion lets us open up to those we perceive as loved ones and share the most intimate bits of our lives. Whether you do it in the first, second, third or imaginary persona, our emotions make us slaves to the various aspects that we are exposed to.

I am not against the idea of love and I personally believe to have a healthy lifestyle, every human being should be exposed to love. Look at Samson biblically; a strong, God fearing man who had all that a man at that time would ask for; freedom, superhuman strength, dreadlocks and the love of a beautiful woman. Even with all these, he still was a slave to the emotions he felt for Delilah. During the romantic era, Shakespeare wrote the famous play “Romeo & Juliet”. Both these characters’ demises lay solely in what they felt for each other. Adolf Hitler, a German corporal, made history, albeit in the wrong way. This was a great man who was a slave not to emotion but to his own self. The ambition that drove him to kill millions of Jews came from within. He was the leader of one of the most powerful nations at the time, but he had something motivating him that put him in a situation that made him a villain.

Jump to the contemporary times and we have people who are slaves to their ambitions and careers. Chief Executive Officers and business moguls have everything at their, disposal but are slaves to their own careers. It is not only the rich that are slaves to their lives. The middle class are slaves to their imaginations. They always want to go for the lifestyle that is beyond their financial bracket. Paying house rent of 50,000 shillings and driving a thirteen million shilling car on a 100,000 shilling salary. This is a person who is a slave to his own mind. The poor are not left out of this either. You thought poverty is a state of mind? Well, the mind is a slave to poverty. Most people are not poor because they are exposed to less privileged situations, but rather because they find reasons to support this notion. Freedom from one state only leads to slavery in another state. The poor get money, the lifestyle changes and class slavery reveals its ugly self.

I believe nobody can claim absolute freedom of any kind. Being of the world and around other human beings with systems we have to be in some form of slavery.

The slavery to some is psychological, others emotional, others physical and for some religious. Emancipation from these states is futile. Our preferences and principles also limit our freedom. Some things we never do because we are bound by certain tenets while others we engage in because our beliefs are in line with them. Doesn’t education channel out thoughts towards a certain thought line? Why would there be universal laws yet we all are different? Why would I need to be subjected to various tests which are the works of another being to prove my intelligence? Aren’t we slaves to our expectations and achievements? I certainly do not know for sure of the existence of freedom in this world. I may be wrong or I may be on the course to discovering whether I am right or wrong. One thing is for sure. We as humans have aspects that tie us down and one way or another we are a slave to them. Whenever you get a minute or two, put this into perspective and see what you are a slave to. The question at the end of the day is, “does freedom really exist?” And if it does, “are you free?”