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What Is True Freedom?

What Is True Freedom?

In our society there is great confusion about the concept of freedom. What is it? And when does it become something else?

Just for example, many people think “Isn’t it okay to spray my lawn with toxic chemicals? After all, it’s my lawn. And it‘s a free country.”

Find out what this amazing teacher and philosopher has to say about the true nature of freedom. There are some very quotable quotes here to pass along to your friends.

Freedom without responsibility is license. We have people feeling they can do what they like with “their” land, not realizing that their actions may injure someone else in another place and time. Cutting trees to clear mountain land may cause flooding for a neighbor downstream and cause “my” soil to be washed away, destroying the birthright of another generation.

We should be free to nurture and to care for but not to destroy.

True freedom does not harm others.

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Adapted from A Handmade Life, by Wm. S. Coperthwaite (Chelsea Green, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Wm. S. Coperthwaite. Reprinted by permission of Chelsea Green.
Adapted from A Handmade Life, by Wm. S. Coperthwaite (Chelsea Green, 2002).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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10:50PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:49PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:48PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:48PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

3:19AM PDT on May 15, 2013

What the article is saying is true! True freedom does not destroy but does good for us and others..hence we can say that unconditional love is true freedom...:D

3:11AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Intteresting article, thaks for sharing

11:30AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

1:46PM PST on Nov 13, 2012


Thank you for this article.

Yes, you are right. Freedom without responsability is license.

As a human being, we are not only individual moving in his own proper space.
Yes, we want to be free, this is a constant goal of human.
But, we would like to be free as an individual, as a member of a family, as a member of a team, as a member of mankind, as a member of every thing this is living, as a constant part of the Earth, as a spirit, a soul... and also as part of the Suprem Being.
If you use responsability in all this area, you could enjoy the true freedom.
And every actions you will do will have a very high potential of future, happiness and creativity.
Freedom is valuable - as soon as you reduce it, you are not going in the right way.
But understanding what is Freedom is a very important part of Freedom itself.

11:07AM PST on Jan 27, 2012

True freedom is a give and take. To me true freedom means that I am accepted and can develop myself and my surroundings in a manner that does not interfere with my own and the freedom of others. In other words it is the absolute opposite of how we live today!

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2:57PM PDT on May 17, 2011

ask an animal rights activist. they are freedomology experts

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