How would you define freedom?

We have been discussing “freedom” in the Grade 7 & 8 class. We were very interested in the thoughts of people outside our classroom and especially the thoughts of people in other countries.

So, how would you define freedom? What is your favourite freedom quote?

Here are some quotes, a poem, and a video we discussed:

“For to be free is not to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” (Nelson Mandela)

“Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” (John Adams)

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

“None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.” (Pearl S. Buck)

“Children should have enough freedom to be themselves – once they’ve learned the rules.” (Anna Quindlen)

“Our freedom can be measured by the number of things we can walk away from.” (Vernon Howard)

FREEDOM by Louis Dudek

My two dogs tied to a tree by a ten-foot leash kept howling and whining for an hour until I let them off.

Now they are lying quietly on the grass a few feet further from the tree

and they haven’t moved at all since I let them go.

Freedom may be only an idea but it’s a matter of principle even to a dog.

Video clip from Braveheart

 

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One response to “How would you define freedom?

  1. Freedom doesn’t mean to be able to do whatever we want. With freedom comes a responsibility to preserve it, not abuse it till we lose the very meaning of freedom. Freedom comes first from the awareness of our God-given gifts and the ability to live these gifts for the good of humanity.

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