Definitions: (1) able to move in any direction; unhindered; (2) able to choose for oneself; not restricted by anything except one’s own limitations or nature; unhampered; (3) spontaneous; (4) not constrained or stilted; smooth, easy, and graceful; (5) possessing a generous spirit; liberal or lavish with goods or time; (6) frank; straightforward; (7) open to all
Balancing Quality: Respect
Note: If a person feels freedom without any constraints, they may feel they can do anything. This includes taking what they want even if it belongs to someone else. Adding the quality of respect (for person and property) to freedom infuses dignity to the character.
Compatible Qualities: artistic, expressive
Quotes: Our greatest human freedom is our ability to choose an attitude. — Dr. Victor Frankl (1905-1997) Man’s Search for Meaning, Austrian Psychologist
The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievance.
• If you are possessed by your possessions, you are not free.
• Recognizing true higher value and submitting your subjective will to it is liberating.
• An individual or a society experiencing fear is usually willing to give up personal freedom in favor of security and protection. Gravity is a physical universal fact. Freedom is a personality gift. Each choice made focuses our freedom. We restrict ourselves by agreeing to the rules of society, the rubrics of religion, conformity in the workplace, etc.