Definition Essay - Defining Freedom
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Definition Essay – Defining Freedom
Is it possible to define freedom? To define freedom is more than a difficult task, but perhaps easier than one might imagine if not overanalyzed. Given ample time to consider the task, however, a simple, sufficient definition can present itself: freedom is the ability to choose, for any creature living life in any place in any time. There is no greater truth to the statement, and no underlying meanings; freedom is simply the ability to choose.
So one might ask, "If this ability to choose applies to all creatures in all places in all times, why can freedom only be defined in the context of the specific creature whose definition of freedom is concerned?" That is simple. Freedom is…show more content…
A supernatural being (I'll refer to the Christian "God") could have created the universe in which we live, or it could have been constructed by chance. Neither view can be proven, and neither can prove the other wrong, and there is no law saying that a combination of the two cannot be the reason for our existence. If God is our omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent creator, the question becomes not who or what we came from, but where He came from. Divine creation may offer some answers, but it is not an explanation. There are no observable effects that distinguish its product from a "naturally" originated universe. Not only is it unobservable and incomprehensible, but it is also supposed to be performed by an entity whose own origin simply reintroduces the mystery that it was his function to eliminate. Thus the arguments of origin are infinitely looped and predestined to be inconclusive. Instead of looking that direction, I would suggest that life is very scientific and spiritual, and therefore any and all interpretations of origin should comply with such a simple definition for freedom. This leads back to the question, "what is this ability to choose derived from?" Well, as I stated previously, freedom can only be identified and defined within the contexts of each life form to be considered, so perhaps freedom is derived from the limits of each
Defining Freedom - Definition By Experience Essay
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Defining Freedom - Definition By Experience
“Freedom” is a very difficult term to define with a short, simple statement. It is loaded with so much meaning because every person has a different set of personal experiences and ideas that can apply to their own concept of what experiencing freedom is all about. In defining freedom, it is best to start with a wide array of different ideas and put them together to create one major explanation that encompasses all the ideas. The Oxford English Dictionary offers several short definitions that can be used to build one ultimate definition. The first offered is “Exemption or release from slavery or imprisonment; personal liberty.” This definition only relates to someone who is or was in complete…show more content…
These decisions apply to personal affairs like love and religion, civil affairs including laws and politics, and everyday choices about personal action and thought.
The concept of freedom is very prominent in Renaissance literature because the time period is laden with constant uncertainty about authority. Monarchs were floundering, education was spreading, and feudalism was no longer the way of organizing labor. Suddenly, a much larger group of people had access to books including The Bible and took a greater interest in their faith. Knowledge of all aspects of society including politics, religion, science, and labor was a form of rebellion against the minority of authority figures at the time. This new passion for personal discovery and self determination manifested itself in the literature of the day. A new focus on subjectivity and feeling became the way to express one’s self.
Renaissance literature helps to formulate the concept of freedom because it explains all the different types of liberty with examples. The first type: personal liberty mostly applies to events of personal devotion like love or religion. It seems like most of the Renaissance authors felt marriage was more of a denial of personal liberty. Bacon writes in his essay Of Marriage and the Single Life, “the most ordinary cause of a single life, is liberty” (1750). Mary Wroth seems to echo Bacon’s thoughts as she laments in one of her