Karin S.

Steinl

BSA 3B

March 19, 2014

The Ultimate Dream for Freedom
Freedom has been an interesting topic the last few days as it was discussed to be the
choice of man of which he freely makes. However this freedom is only exercised up to the extent
of what man is capable of doing. Personally, I have made some observations on the concept that
man calls “freedom”.
Freedom is not absolute1. This is drawn from the concept that man cannot defy the laws
of nature. As much as man would like to defy gravity freely on earth, he cannot and will never
succeed. From that kind of perspective, freedom is restricted. The laws of nature govern the
choices of freedom and therefore influence the decisions man makes in his life 2. But if man
recognizes freedom from the inside accepting all outside restrictions he still is able to exercise
his freedom within the given boundaries of nature. Recognizing that freedom comes from the
internal and not from the external is essential to man’s knowledge about freedom. Man cannot
defy gravity from the external but he can from the internal. As much as his body cannot fight
gravity his mind can. By thinking or imagining that he can defy gravity he is able to freely defy it
and thus he exercises his freedom. The example however is very shallow compared to what
freedom is known to be.
When one thinks of freedom he automatically associates it to freewill or freedom of
choice which is not wrong by the way. Sometimes however this freedom is restricted because of
laws, morals, good customs and public policy3. Although these restrictions stop us from acting in
our freedom they are at the same time there to allow others to exercise their own freedom.
Nobody should be subject to restriction of freedom wherein he falls to become a victim of
1 Keith Farrell, Freedom is not Absolute: The Subjective and Relative Nature of
Human Liberty
2 Kadri Vihvelin, "Hard Determinism". In Edward N. Zalta. The Stanford Encyclopedia
of Philosophy
3 Jim Riley, Free Will and Determinism

It was portrayed that prisoners were not given adequate food and comfort. As long as the individual is acting upon himself and towards others in a manner he would like to and at the same time does not violate the freedom of others. especially. He can be influenced in making decisions but the final say always boils down to his own decision. Nobody likes to be controlled by another. If he accepts these influences they become his and when he does not accept them they don’t. Having observed movies. It is human nature to be free4. Nobody likes to be a puppet of a puppeteer. As an individual grows he experiences different people in his life and gets to understand their own principles and perceptions of different kinds of situations. He follows the rules so he won’t get in trouble. Man does not 4Sir Thomas More. They had to sleep. So does this really become freedom when we somehow are dictated by influences regardless of accepting them or not? Does it still count? – I think it still does. it is still considered freedom. and defecate in the same room for the rest of their imprisonment life. It can change ones perspective in a blink. Man is born to make decisions and choices of his own. he becomes more aware of himself and his surroundings. although they are not as credible as they seem to be. The Political Philosophy of Sir Thomas More . Their opinions will matter and it is up to the individual himself to accept these opinions or not. The thing is. It is but just and fair for all persons to share the same freedom without violating the freedom of another. There they will understand the value of freedom as they will realize how nice it was to be free. thus it becomes his way of life by influencing his decisions. is one of the greatest tools of manipulation. especially in the old ages where their prison cells where dungeons. The laws created by man are also influencers since they dictate some of the daily actions man makes. prisoners are subjected to restriction of freedom. As he becomes exposed to these influences. As much as he would like to decline the fact that he is not influenced there will always be a small hint of influence in his daily choices. He is given a choice of what to accept and what not to accept. Mass media. eat. That is why when people commit serious crimes against others their sense of freedom in this material world is constrained by putting them into jail.another who exercises his freedom. Church rules are included and so is the social media. Yet they were still able to think freely because thought is something that cannot be limited. when he does not accept an opinion it will be his opinion not to accept them thus it still will become a part of his choice making in life.

God has a plan for everyone and it is up to man to follow it. God has created man and planned man’s destiny6. The statement above can also be rephrased in such a matter that the consequences of her choice becomes a guide to her “free” and final choice. The end has a direct influence on the means knowing the cause and effect concept. Why men deserve Justice. she chooses tea instead so she will not have a hard time sleeping. Although it is arguable that man can change his destiny by changing his actions. David has committed a crime and for that he will be punished for 3 year imprisonment. This statement also made many wonder whether freedom was just a word. if caught. But in the end he still had a result from executing his choice. if Sarah wants to drink coffee instead of tea before going to bed she will eventually have a hard time sleeping knowing that coffee is coffee. many say. It is either to follow or not to follow. God Planned Your Destiny Long Before Your Birth . is still bearable.choose his environment to be brought up with neither does he choose his social standing but man can choose what he can do with his life coming from that background. Man is free to choose but not free from the consequence of his choice – A universal paradox5. Thus our freedom depends on what we really want. becoming a criminal. Since God has created man and since it was mentioned in the bible that God knew what man will become it creates a conclusion that man is not really free of his destiny. For example. But upon realization by Sarah. man will never know. is meant to be and thus cannot be changed. David freely chose his choice knowing that there will be consequences for invading the freedom of others. For example. Destiny. This somehow gives notion that man is still able to choose but it seems to be limited of choice. He may have thought that he would not get caught or that the consequence. Sarah was free to choose but the consequence of that choice was not. The actions of man always correspond to an eventual result. 5Darin Penzera. It is never about what man was but what man will become.free will and the lie of determinism 6 Rick Warren. So freedom just becomes a word man thinks or calls freedom. is he really changing his destiny if it was destined to be that he will change his actions? Until the time machine will be invented. The quote above can also be seen in a more serious perspective.

He uses different colors and tries different techniques. True freedom is absolutely good. If he is given somehow the power to understand freedom perfectly he himself becomes perfect. I have realized that my freedom to act in certain ways becomes restricted because of the fear from the 7 Plato. here I am taking up a business related course. The discipline of my course requires me to study and learn every day. Man is just one pixel in that very large picture. He will never fully understand perfect freedom because he himself is imperfect. a painter paints a picture on the canvass. Yet. what man considers to be freedom is not even the final and true form of freedom at all. Justice.because even if he chooses to follow God’s path for a moment and not in another it still results to choosing “not God’s Path”. Just like the concept of half-truths being whole lies. So as man becomes torn into choosing from two extreme absolutes he is given at least a chance of choice. This is certainly logical but when I started to consider my future. I have the freedom to choose whether to study or not but one thing that I am sure of is that the day I will stop studying will also be the day where failure to finish my course will commence. But since man only lives in a world of copies or the imperfect world he only can comprehend freedom up to that limit. Indeed my friends and teachers have influenced me to choose this and I believe that it was not wrong either. He will never see the whole picture unless he stands next to the artist from above. My actions have a direct impact on my future. I don’t just say everyday just for the sake of this paper but it is actually really EVERYDAY. So as of now. Theory of Forms . The artist places the pixel exactly where he wants it to be for the full picture to be realized. and Truth all of these ideas are perfect in the world of forms7. For example. It is up to man however to figure out his destiny. It would have been a medical path or architecture because pursuing the Arts was not a so called “good” option in this material world. it was discussed that all ideas are perfect. Just like Love. I did but I was not sure what to choose. On My Perspective If I would apply all these concepts to myself in a given situation I could say that I had the total freedom to choose my course. He becomes somewhat like a god because only God the creator is perfect. In the past lessons in philosophy. Man knows that he is part of that picture but he does not know what part of the picture.

the freedom to do all these kinds of things because I am alive. because God gave me life. I really do believe that this is true. I have learned how to control my dreams and this allows me to do things in my dreams that I was not able to do in real life because of constraints. There is no limit in our imagination.possible consequences. There were times. The freedom man has never experienced but will have to go through at some point in his life. To be honest. Actually man cannot even say that death stops him from thinking. exams and requirements. I have the power. and even if some fear manages to escape I am still able to overcome it. Death is the portal for eternal freedom. But after some time of reflection I am able to segregate what is from what is not. There are also drawbacks from discovering this kind of freedom. From the first five minutes from waking up. The dreams sometimes distort what I believe to be real. There is no proof of the soul without a body being capable of thinking. The school nurse said that it was just probably stress plus irregular sleeping schedules. There are so many possibilities. The mind and its imagination is the greatest form of freedom that God has given. then it could be said that death frees us from our life’s suffering. I personally believe that the mind is a very colorful creation by God. I have difficulty in segregating what is true and what is not. The secret was to just let go of fear. This is where man is truly free. Does it bring man to heaven or hell or does it just turn into a dream sequence of eternal sleep. but I’d like also to believe myself. Man is free to do anything. I really would feel tired but luckily I found a world wherein I can escape-My Dreams. Nobody can stop him from thinking and believing. before all this was possible I had to overcome sleep paralysis episodes. Although. I am truly free in my dreams and not even my fears can stop me. wherein I thought that freedom was taken away from me because of the heavy loads of quizzes. This freedom is all that man has longed for yet he is not really sure if this idea is true. This could all be fiction but then again nobody knows what comes after death. My guide in my dream taught me how to overcome it. He is even free to give up life and . I have never felt so light and stress free because of my dreams. I was able to discover new areas of my subconscious and I have locked the door for fear in my dreams (literally). If the soul without the body truly does exist –and I believe it does. The only thing that stops man from thinking is his own death. but it would be great if this was true because when the soul without the body exists and is able to think then man never really died.

but since God has given man the freedom to live it is but just and right that God will take it back whenever he likes.join death. Who is man to question God? It is true that man never really decided to live when he was brought to life. God gave him life and God decided to let him live. . it’s not about living and dying but on what choices one makes to create a beautiful journey between it. Our freedom is on how we will live this God given gift of life. In the end.