When do we actually define freedom?  

Posted by Srikar

In certain situations I feel I don't have freedom.Especially while listening to boring classes for the sake of attendance,using windows operating system in our college,hiding truth in certain situations and so on.Even you might had experienced some of these situations.When a parent forces his child to study while he is playing , the child really thinks he is not given freedom to play.You shout,scream,cheer for your friend while performing in a cultural event.Birds live in freedom , they can fly to any extent they want to, unless someone stops them from doing so .Freedom is experienced in many forms in many situations, If you ask me to define the word freedom ,I cant .Becoz I think, we can only define freedom when we don't have it.

Do we remember them?

Che Guevara.
As a young medical student, Guevara traveled throughout Latin America and was transformed by the endem
ic poverty he witnessed. His experiences and observations during these trips led him to conclude that the region's ingrained economic inequalities were an intrinsic result of monopoly capitalism, neo-colonialism, and imperialism, with the only remedy being world revolution.

He was a leader of the nonviolent resistance movement against British colonial rule in India during the first half of the 20th cen
tury.It is his effort and struggle we Indians enjoy today.

Nelson Mandela.
He was a fighter. Instead of bowing down to this unjust system of government, he became a lifelong warrior in the battle to free South Africa.
Starting out as a leader of an underground political movement called the African National Congress (ANC), Mr
. Mandela played a part in many dramatic demonstrations against the white-ruled government.
Mandela has frequently credited Mahatma Gandhi for being a major source of inspiration in his life, both for the philosophy of no
n-violence and for facing adversity with dignity.

Bhagat Singh.
He was an Indian freedom fighter, considered to be one of t
he most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. For this reason, he is often referred to as Shaheed Bhagat Singh (the word shaheed means "martyr").

These were the people fighting to get back the freedom of commons.And there are many great personalities in the world who always worked in the interest of commons and for welfare of human society.We all need to pay a great tribute to them.

But still these things happen!

The world still lives in poverty, may be you are fed with silver spoon,live in rich bricks,go out in luxury cars, but there are many people who are struggling hard for basic essentials and thousands of people die of hunger everyday.

The United Nations said it takes 35 billion dollars to eliminate poverty in the world and provide people with basic essentials.I wonder how United States govt spent more than 80 billion dollars for IRAQ war.This was the worst war ever happened in the human history.The war was privatized.Many corporate companies encouraged the war and participated in it.US claims:the reason for IRAQ war was the use of biological weapons in Iraq,but none of the biological weapons were found.Lakh's of innocent people in Iraq were killed.

In any freedom movement we find three kinds of people ,The people who fight for freedom ,people who under estimate the former,people who just watch the things going on.The problem is with the last two.
For example , there were few Indians who joined the British army and served them during the freedom struggle,they were selfish,they didn't care for their own people and some were just watching the crime that was going on.Now In the present social crisis
compare ourselves with the above ,which category do we belong ???

No matter how rich you are,the ones who do social service in the form of wealth,knowledge,peace will make difference and will always remain in the hearts of people.

note:The real inspiration behind this article is free software movement which had changed the computing world with its social values. Still many people don't realize its importance and still world lives on proprietary culture.Every Individual should fight for Digital Freedom.Hope you join hands to spread freedom in computing.

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July 20, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Dear Srikar, you have done really a great job in defining freedom.In my opinion freedom is a primary element that every living being require to sustain.I define freedom as the power of doing things which come from free will.
&nbsp&nbsp&nbspPoverty, wars, monopoly capitalism, imperialism are some topics which should be addressed thoroughly.I expect u to post some content on this very soon.

July 20, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Good job buddy! i liked ur way of representing the info, its a refreshing n fun way of gaining knowledge! Keep the good work going. Ill be lookin forward for your next post!!! :)

July 22, 2008 at 4:15 AM

Freedom is the ability to do what you will with your property. You do not have the freedom to do what you will with someone else's property, unless they give you permission to do so (called a private contract, which is done through some form of communication, and not necessarily formal like a written contract). Any limitation on freedom is unjust. Any limitation on freedom creates conflict where there was once peace. Any limitation on freedom is destructive to wealth. Limitation on freedom is corruption. Limitation on freedom promotes all that is evil and demotes all that is good. Often limitations on freedom are misunderstood and/or disguised as enhancements to freedom. Often limitations on freedom are said to be for our safety, but safety is merely an illusion. Wars are caused by people limiting other's freedoms. Poverty is mostly caused by limiting freedoms (some poverty may be from the ignorance and/or laziness of the person in poverty). It's rare for monopolies to naturally occur in any market place...they are almost always created by governments, making them inherently expensive, inefficient, and corrupt. Monopolies that naturally occur only do so in a free society by becoming the most efficient at supplying a demand, and once that monopoly is obtained, they will still see competition anytime they try to take advantage of their monopoly, resulting in them maintaining or improving their efficiency. Imperialism by it's very definition is to limit the freedom of other's, and is therefore unjust, conflicting, corrupt, and evil.

For more information about freedom, study the Bible, and secondly check out www.mises.org. It's probably the best non-Biblical source of information regarding freedom, and yet their overall philosophical ideas determined through praxeology and thought experiments tend to line up almost perfectly with the Bible.

July 22, 2008 at 8:48 PM

Great work Srikar..
Hats of to ur thought..
Hope many people will realize this..
Looking forward for your next post..

August 30, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Great work anna very good opinions to see Keep rocking

March 13, 2009 at 10:59 AM

its awesomeeee article...good job srikar !

May 4, 2010 at 7:54 AM

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