The ability to do what you ought to do. Often confused with license, which is the ability to do whatever you want.

Why is freedom the ability to do what you OUGHT to do, and not what you WANT to do?

If we take it as a given that freedom is universal (or should be), then freedom cannot be whatever YOU want it to be. Let's say, for example, that you wanted to kill me. Your "freedom" would infringe on my own "freedom". Or let's say you wanted to raise taxes on me to increase your own freedom. That detracts from MY freedom.

Therefore, if all of us are entitled to freedom, this definition of freedom is invalid because it doesn't safely entitle everyone universal freedom.

The definition I have posted, that freedom is being able to do what one OUGHT to do, however, IS freedom because when one does what he OUGHT to do, instead of what he wants to, he infringes on no one else's freedom. He disrupts no one in their freedom, but instead directs them TO freedom if they are not free. The only person who can limit your freedom in a society where freedom is doing good is oneself.
Father Corapi preaches the difference between freedom and license. Freedom is what Christianity is all about. God made us to be FREE. And even if that is what the Illuminati want, let's baffle 'em and be free in God!
by GenghisKhan44 September 05, 2010
In America, it means the ability to do anything without your spouse, kids, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, mayor, government, or boss/teacher/(insert superior here) getting on to you about it.
Freedom is a magical, mythical thing that will never be possible no matter how much the American public schools tell you so.
by kameleonkat October 27, 2003
Being able to do and say whatever you want, whenever you want. Speaking your mind. Saying what everyone else knows but won't say.
I'm free. You don't know what freedom is. I'm free. I can breathe. And you will choke on your average fuckin' mediocre life.
by somebody May 29, 2004
1.
An overrated value of denouncing all sorts of economical, political, cultural, familial, psychological, spiritual and emotional bounds, which once -if ever- achieved leaves one with immense anguish due to the unbearable burden of taking responsibility for certain choices and simultaneously excluding endless others and giving up the sweet warmth of being able to blame others. Such desperation leads one to reconsider the value of freedom and makes one often wish that ones freedom is quickly taken back in order for one to regain a sense of identity and blissfully start blaming others again.

2.
The peaceful sense of fulfilment achieved by a spiritual being who has completed the process of growth, by successfully taking responsibility for his/her choices, feels content with his/her life's work and relational evolution and is ready to move on from life.
1.
You have the F r e e d o m to do whatever you want, (as long as it is what I want).
adult child: o.k. (as long as I can blame you for the rest of my life).

2.
I am not hoping for anything,
I am not afraid of anything,
I have F r e e d o m!

Nikos Kazantzakis
by Aniretak October 12, 2007
4 in Supreme Mathematics

one's way of living, meaning one's language (Wisdom), and customs (ways and actions)

also Culture
Freedom, is to have a '"free-dome" (a liberated mind) or to lack restraints. The Original man's culture is Islam: (freedom, justice, and equality), which is peace.
by LiquidSwords October 12, 2005
Nothing left to lose
Well, at least he has his freedom.
by Edd Rayner January 10, 2004
An illusion.
Freedom is an illusion.
by Privat November 12, 2003

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