Meaning Of Freedom

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My purpose will always be to remind people of the real meaning of the word “freedom”, in its purest form.

Why such a mundane purpose?  In George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel, 1984, the word “Freedom” had been reduced to a single meaning.  That meaning had nothing to do with liberty or freedom of choice.  Once the word and associated concept had been reduced to nothing more than a way of describing a state of lacking something (e.g., this street is free of trash), people lost all knowledge of what it meant to be free.

To begin, it seems appropriate to list all 17 of the current definitions of the word “freedom” as according to Dictionary.com.  Notice a few things: first, the phonetic pronunciation of the word freedom (free-duh-m).  In other words, humans are FREE, DUH!.

Also note certain definitions, such as #2 & #17, that have particular relevance for our purposes here.  Here’s the list (emphasis added)…

[free-duh m] 
 
noun
1.

the state of beingfreeor at liberty rather than in confinement orunder physical restraint:

He won his freedom after a retrial.
2.

exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
3.

the power to determine action without restraint.
4.

political or national independence.
5.

personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery:

a slave who bought his freedom.
6.

exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually followed by from):

freedom from fear.
7.

the absence of or release from ties, obligations, etc.
8.

ease or facility of movement or action:

to enjoy the freedom of living in the country.
9.

frankness of manner or speech.
10.

general exemption or immunity:

freedom from taxation.
11.

the absence of ceremony or reserve.
12.

a liberty taken.
13.

a particular immunity or privilege enjoyed, as by a city orcorporation:

freedom to levy taxes.
14.

civil liberty, asopposed to subjection to an arbitrary or despotic government.
15.

the right to enjoy all the privileges or special rights of citizenship,membership, etc., in a community or the like.
16. 

the right to frequent, enjoy, or use at will:

to have the freedom of a friend’s library.
17.

Philosophy. the power to exercise choiceand make decisions without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination.

Comparenecessity(def 7).
There you have it.  That was enlightening, was it not?  I learned a thing or two myself from that.  I had no idea that the number two definition of “freedom” was as follows: exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. 
Did you catch that?  That word – regulation.  It often conjures up images of government control, ostensibly being “for the social good”.  When in reality, as one can see here with ease, by its very definition regulation cannot aid the social good, for regulation will always be antithetical to freedom.

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