A second question offered to this blog’s readers from some of our students is now posted under the heading “Q&A with our students” at the top of this page. This time they are curious to know how readers define freedom.

I offer: How do you know you are free? What defines your sense of freedom?

You can respond on the question page itself or here. Feel free to ask them questions in response. As a reminder, I’ll remove all identifying information from your comments before taking them into the guys to read.

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  1. How do you know you are free? Answer. When you are not bound by this world. When living in the flesh, here on earth, people have created to many laws. The laws create the sin or the transgression. Democracy is hypocrisy and perception is reality. That being said, I have been out of prison for 4 years and still am not free, at all times.

    I’m free when I’m in church singing praises and living in the spirit. When I leave the church I’m in the world and it is hard to remain free with the cost of living, all the laws, my past that contains 17 drug felonies. It’s hard to blend back in, keep my rights and get a job. All that aside, I’m self employed as an author. I took up writing in prison. I write crime thrillers with a redemptive theme. You can find me at http://www.lockdownpublishing.com or Glenn Langohr on Amazon or other outlets. Here’s a review for my latest book, Underdog. “Ex-con Langohr can describe the hell of life inside better than any other writer. His vivid passages on just surviving in prison describe a nightmare we’d rather not know about. He compares the plight of abandoned dogs, locked and horribly mistreated in rows of cages in animal shelters, to California prison inmates, locked and abused in the same cages. Not a book for the faint of heart. We who sleep peacefully in our beds at night, unaware of the savagery going on behind prison walls, can only thankfully say: ‘There, but for the grace of God, go I’.” John South American Media

    http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00571NY5A

  2. Benito Gonzalez says:

    I would define being free and freedom as being at peace with yourself. To be truly free, you must make a conscious decision you wish to be free. Many people are not willing to do this and they delude themselves into thinking being free and freedom is a physical state only, not a mental one. However, it is the mental state which is by far the more confining with regard to true freedom.

    To be at peace with yourself, requires you understand what is most important to you, and what you want to do with your life each day. There is no emotional turmoil in your life when you are free, because you fear nothing and you understand how to deal with the world around you, whatever that world may be. Your life has purpose, meaning and value because you are focused on a goal you wish to achieve in life. Writing a book, becoming an artist, getting an College degree and job, joining a monastery, getting married and having kids to whom you provide the direction and focus in life you never had, helping someone, or even changing the world in some positive way.

    One can be free from prison and yet be less free than one who is locked up. Captive to the fear of losing ones wealth, fear of the law, fear of love, fear of commitment, fear of death or pain, fear of not having enough, fear of others around you.

    Freedom is a state of mind. No one finds true freedom until they find peace without fear. No one finds freedom or happiness until they focus on what matters most to them in life and pursues a goal that has meaning and value to them, unafraid of the challenges. Life without fear. A life with purpose and value is what brings both peace and happiness and that is what defines being truly free and real freedom.

    Understand what scares you. Learn to conquer that fear and pursue a goal(s) that bring meaning and value to your life. Solve the problems you face by first understanding them well enough to figure out ways around them, instead of just accepting them as impossible barriers.

    Never, ever give up on your dreams. It is all those collective dreams of individuals that are really responsible for making this world as marvelous, exciting, stimulating and rewarding as it is. When we cease to dream, we cease to live and at that point we become captives in our own emotional prison. A mental state to which we sentence and punish ourselves, and from which we alone decide if we will ever leave.

    Benito

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