What is "real freedom"? I was reading a sermon from a couple of weeks ago by Father Sam Lloyd, who is one of my favorite people in the world and who used to be the rector of Trinity Church when I was a soloist there a few years ago. He's now Dean of Washington National Cathedral and I have been in the habit for a while of reading his sermons which are posted on their website. The title of his sermon from May 20, 2007 is Real Freedom. It's a great sermon (as his sermons always are), but it occurred to me that it might also be a great jumping off point for an interesting conversation. What is real freedom? After reading Sam's words, I decided to do a google search to see what some other folks have to say about it.
Here are the first two articles my google search returned:
Inner Freedom is Real Freedom
When I think of freedom, I often initially think of being alone. When I was a kid, I couldn't wait until everyone was gone and I was alone in the house. I felt a major weight off - a sense of relief - like I was finally free - and if I couldn't find that inside, I would climb the tree in the back yard. I have often associated the word freedom with a lack of responsibility or obligation (as the Beatles said: "Oh that magic feeling - nowhere to go"), but have noticed in more recent years that being alone has lost some of its charm. I think I will always have times when being alone makes me feel great - and free, but I recognize more now that I have a tendency to isolate myself and that doesn't make me feel free at all. I also associate freedom now with being with friends who accept me totally as I am - who like me when I am totally myself (as strange as that may be). I also associate freedom with travelling to new places.
I imagine freedom means very different things to different people. What does the word freedom mean to you? Are you free? What would make you more free?