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  • Questions to self: If I feel free, am I creating it for others? If I do not feel free, perhaps I should, as compared to some countries and cultures, I am very free?
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  • Opposite emotions: .
Image of Bald Eagle soaring in sun and colourful sky
  • Bach Flower Remedies: Centaury [freedom from domination of others], Walnut [freedom from limiting influences], Chestnut Bud [freedom from needless repetition of life experience], Wild Oat [too free, need life purpose].
  • California Flower Essences: Bleeding Heart [freeing oneself from needy behaviour in relationships], Sagebrush [freedom from clutter, whether things or lifestyle], Iris [winged creativity], Fairy Lantern [childishness as inappropriate expression of freedom].

Importance of Freedom
  • "Freedom is the most important thing for a human being." (Refugee, BBC, 3m52s, posted and accessed 14 May 2016)
  • Any non-violent attempt to escape from a Mexican prison is not punished, because “it’s human nature to want freedom”. (Seen on the internet)
Personal Freedom
  • "Fantasies can set you free." (Dr Stan Dale)
  • Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, in his book Man’s Search for Meaning:-
- The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.
- Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
  • "We are not always free to determine the events we will have to face, but we are free to decide how we will live them. Our freedom lies in the inner attitude we adopt towards them." (O.M. Aïvanhov)
  • "Like a broken gong. Be still, be silent. Know the stillness of freedom. Where there is no more striving." (BuddhaDhammapada)
  • "You long for freedom? Whatever happens to you, do not become troubled or discouraged, but see to it that your spirit gradually regains control of the situation. Because only the spirit is truly free and soars high over events. When you restore the spirit to its place within you, something tells you that no obstacle, no hardship, can destroy your balance, your peace or your love, on the contrary. And since these illuminating experiences have taught you values you can count on, cling to them. Do not doubt the beautiful and great things you have lived, but take them along with you as provisions on this difficult path you must travel. When the storm has passed, you will realize that these trials which might have caused you to lose heart, have actually strengthened you." (O.M. Aïvanhov)

Collective Freedom
  • "Real freedom will come not by the acquisition of authority by a few, but by the acquisition of the capacity of all to resist authority when abused; in other words, freedom is to be attained by educating the people to a sense of their capacity to regulate and control authority." (Gandhi)
  • "Real freedom will come only when we free ourselves of the domination of Western education, Western culture and Western way of living which have been ingrained in us." (Gandhi)
  • For all our desire to stand out from the crowd, there is a freedom to be found in being together [i.e. through unifying community practices like singing, similar clothes, dancing]. (BBC, 1m37s, posted 3 November 2017, accessed 21 November 2017)
Responsibility of Freedom
  • "The purpose of freedom is to create it for others." (Nelson Mandela)
  • "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." (Nelson Mandela)
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