Liberty and Freedom – There is a Difference

There is a distinction between liberty and freedom.  While they are used and confused with each other, liberty is involved with the environment.  It is an external atmosphere.  Liberty presents choices for the individual.

Freedom is really something that involves more.  It involves an internal atmosphere. Freedom allows the individual the choice and the responsibility of those choices.  The tendency of many is to hold what they have and not be responsible for others.

In words of Anne Wilson Schaef, “America is a nation of addicts with a swollen appetite for everything.”  I believe that America has created a mileau that thwarts change.  When time is less important or valuable than money, we have inherent problems.  By idolizing our time, which we should, that brings in the present.  We should this because we being to transform what seems to be important to what is important.

There is a clear distinction between what entitlement is and what responsibility is.  The existential question answers itself. That depends on the individual.  One has to understand that there is a reason for everything.  When that is not understood, it is natural for discomfort to occur.  Whether the experience is positive or negative, all life is meaningful.

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  1. I prefer to interpret those terms in the original sense. Liberty, based on the latin word for book, means freedom gained from educating yourself. It begins with freeing one’s mind. It is more a lifestyle, while freedom is quite neutral and universally used for any kind of privilege of determine one’s own affairs.
    The USA’s problems are easy to understand. (It also involves the fact that the USA call themselves “America”.) Capitalism and socialism are the two poles in the dynamic. The West and the East. The two poles – yang and yin. But the noteworthy fact is that the East understands the East and the West, while the West understands neither. (In lack of better words.)
    Capitalism means that not the needs of the people are the highest priority, despite all systems, including capitalism, being created by people. It is a form of self-denial and a separatist mindset based in fear. The left brain hemisphere thinking in dominant imbalance.
    The challenge is to see how much need for individuality we dare to give up for the common good. But the opposite challenge can also apply. Balance brings health. When there is balance between uniformity and individuality, it yields the greatest benefit for all – not a compromise, but greater benefit than each of those extremes would create by themselves.
    So you see the same profound spiritual themes expressed in all magnitudes and areas.
    The USA are a relatively young country, just as Islam is a relatively young religion. Things are given more opportunity for tempering themselves over time. Chinese culture for example embodies so relatively much wisdom because it has been here for thousands of years without major turmoil like the US culture that is born out of crisis, breakout, mixing of all kinds of cultures and such. Understandably it would have difficulty finding common ground on a deep level. Like loud-shouting revolutionaries are the principles that the USA believes to uphold.

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  2. I prefer to interpret those terms in the original sense. Liberty, based on the latin word for book, means freedom gained from educating yourself. It begins with freeing one’s mind. It is more a lifestyle, while freedom is quite neutral and universally used for any kind of privilege of determine one’s own affairs.
    The USA’s problems are easy to understand. (It also involves the fact that the USA call themselves “America”.) Capitalism and socialism are the two poles in the dynamic. The West and the East. The two poles – yang and yin. But the noteworthy fact is that the East understands the East and the West, while the West understands neither. (In lack of better words.)
    Capitalism means that not the needs of the people are the highest priority, despite all systems, including capitalism, being created by people. It is a form of self-denial and a separatist mindset based in fear. The left brain hemisphere thinking in dominant imbalance.
    The challenge is to see how much need for individuality we dare to give up for the common good. But the opposite challenge can also apply. Balance brings health. When there is balance between uniformity and individuality, it yields the greatest benefit for all – not a compromise, but greater benefit than each of those extremes would create by themselves.
    So you see the same profound spiritual themes expressed in all magnitudes and areas.
    The USA are a relatively young country, just as Islam is a relatively young religion. Things are given more opportunity for tempering themselves over time. Chinese culture for example embodies so relatively much wisdom because it has been here for thousands of years without major turmoil like the US culture that is born out of crisis, breakout, mixing of all kinds of cultures and such. Understandably it would have difficulty finding common ground on a deep level. Like loud-shouting revolutionaries are the principles that the USA believes to uphold.

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    • Thank you for you thought. While being an alienated Catholic, my own spirituality is more Buddhist. It is true that the Chinese are far more respectfully of tradition and family. Most tend to leave the ego at the table. We are an indulgent society that promotes narcissitic self gratification. Our society is one that is very into entitlement. It promotes passivity. Is there any wonder why there is so much addiction and depression that is prevalent?

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