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.
To these above definitions, I’m adding two: freedom from drugs & alcohol, and freedom as defined by those who have served their country. These are two definitions that can only be fully understood by those who have experienced them. If you have recovered from substance abuse or served your country in the armed forces and would like to write a guest post describing what freedom means to you, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Freedom of speech. Freedom from the tyranny of central banking.
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