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  1. This is an interesting and true perspective on freedom, Eric, and wonderfully expressed. I’m not ready for extreme freedom, as of yet, so will move forward with the responsibilities of life! πŸ™‚

    1. I agree Lauren – not many are ready for that ‘extreme’ freedom yet. So, responsibilities that come with the freedoms we already have – we embrace. Peace, Eric πŸ™‚

  2. Freedom is fearlessness.

    (OK – I have a lot of different takes on this, but fear is one of the greatest ‘enslavers’. Many things we do from habit, many from laziness, many from stupidity, and many from greed. But cowardice seems to trump all of these.)

  3. And why do we worry indeed? In that there is nothing we can do in most cases to alter the course of our life we should be happy that we are at least alive and have the measure of prosperity and acceptance that we do.

    1. Very true, Ian – why fret…

      Is it because the contended ones don’t go around waving flags but those yet to find their equilibrium, are quick to blame the system/others…As usual, your question disturbs the water’s calm…

      Peace, Eric πŸ™‚

  4. I think absolute freedom is only in your own imagination. You care too much to exercise freedom in reality, but you will still trade this restriction anytime for the joy of your loved ones.

    1. You’re probably right – there are trade-offs and we all find our own comfort level. When our ideal (imagined ideal) is not attained, then we begin to chaff…I reckon

  5. What you say is very true, though I hope more for finding/learning to capture freedom while living before embracing the ultimate freedom =) Take care, Que

  6. Wow Eric it just brilliant..so true ultimate and true freedom will be after death cos as long as their is life there will be duties and rights and they will bind us whether we want them or not…
    lovely piece looking forward to more πŸ™‚

    1. You are right Soma – ultimately we’ll all be freed.

      But meanwhile, we should not sit under the banyan tree in the hope that “God will provide”. He has already privided water-and-soil > up to us to make clay and fashion our lives…

      (P/s: I use ‘water-and-soil’ quite often > because for me there are many tangents to these two words – as there are to the word ‘clay’)

  7. Hi Eric! I’ve been missing your work lately because I’ve been so busy. I believe freedom is multifaceted. One can be in chains and still be free yet one roaming the streets may be in emotional or mental bondage, etc. Sometimes we even go as far as to build emotional and social walls that cage us in and rob us of freedom. Perhaps death is really the true freedom, after all πŸ™‚ I look forward to reading the rest.

    1. No worries – pop in as/when you feel like it. Visit weeks later, and we can still pick up where we left off πŸ™‚

      I like your perspective – a man in chains can be free but a man surrounded by wealth can be chained by it…

      Emotional and social walls…yes, of course, we can be our own worst jailors…

      1. I tend to agree Sharmishtha – even too much of honey…

        Perhaps moderation, perhaps different shoes for different feet…

  8. I think Freedom is just as important on the inside as it is on the outside. So many who are in free countries are slaves to addiction, money, and power. Am looking forward to your next Haikus πŸ™‚

    1. Zellie – welcome and glad to have you visit and contribute…and what a contribution!

      You’ve brought the discussion to an altogether higher plane. Beautiful:-)

  9. Egads – how depressing! Death? I prefer my form of freedom: me on the back of my favorite horse. Beats Death any day. Besides, I can do it more than once. πŸ™‚

    1. I must be a simpleton. Or floating on the river of denial.

      Though I would agree that most moments in life are spent satisfying some need of someone else (paying the banker, getting the owner’s work done, making my spouse and kids happy), I find instances where I get to do exactly what I want to do. Those moments are fairly frequent, so I don’t feel the extreme anxiety about freedom some express here. In fact, my subjugation is a choice. I can live in my car, or on the street, instead of taking on a mammoth mortgage. If I choose to live in a McMansion, I also choose the financial slavery that comes with it. If I choose it, why am I whining about it?

      People make choices that have consequences. Man up and accept the price you pay for your choice.

      Now if you are talking about forced subjugation, then don’t get me started. . . .

      1. Very true Fay – quite often it boils down to our choices.

        I recently had coffee with an old schoolmate. He committed to a new condominium and now complains about having to work ‘forever’. Mind you, he had a fully paid-up apartment and at 50+ years old, went into bondage again. The interesting part is – he is a full-time ‘motivational speaker’ and was trying to convince me to attend one of his workshops…

        You are right – forced subjugation is altogether another realm

        Cheers, Eric πŸ™‚

  10. Good question brother… and I think you know what I feel on that subject… I certainly write about it enough…. so I won’t comment other than to say, very nice haiku, great ending to it… and you will get plenty of comments on this subject I’m sure, so mine won’t be missed too much… take care, & see around the comments…. πŸ™‚

    In life, true freedom is release from pain…. I don’t know who said it, but I can attest to its truth, for sure, living with pain as I do….and it still acknowledges the truth of your haiku…..

    1. I certainly know your take on freedom, Bro. And you’ve well articulated it with your usual brand of humour, if I recall right.

      Release from pain – now there is a thought. I’m seeing so many perspectives – very enriching and educational.

      Always love your visit and comments (I hope you don’t mind my sometimes irreverent comments on your blog – the last thing I want to do is upset someone with bigger biceps than mine πŸ™‚

      Eric

      (P/S For those of you who have not visited Ned’s weblog > take a peek. He lays out quite a spread and each will find something)

      1. Eric… thanks, and no, your comments are always welcome… and always funny. Irreverence is highly regarded in my world. Besides, as I’m aging, my dependence on biceps is changing to dependence on shall we say, artificial extensions of the human hand, and the sharpest weapon I have, between my ears…. πŸ™‚ And thanks for the plug as well…. πŸ™‚

        As for pain…. I have found nothing to compare to the feeling when the back and nerve pain which has been screaming at me for weeks (in the past, before I found a doctor who could deal with me, and it..) finally eases up, and allows me to think of ANYTHING ELSE… it is an indescribable feeling, and the only word that fits is freedom….

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  11. Eric,

    As usual, you offer lots of room for thought.

    Freedom…

    Big Word or Small word? When I think of Faith it is both Big and Small. Faith makes Freedom easier in some ways: Faith guides, I follow.

    Freedom without Faith? Just me and my mind walking through: I am probably a Libertarian at heart. I think we should each be free to make our own choices for our own lives. period.

    AND then Faith enters: I think we are to take care of one another, good works and all. I think there are Universal Truths and I think there is not one person who can define those for all of us.

    Wow… OK now I know what to gnaw on while doing the laundry…

    Freedom?

    Good Question..

    YOUR answer???

    XO Jen

    1. Elliot – all have the freedom to use freedom or any other word that belongs to all of us. No need to ask me. I’ll pop over tomorrow to read your post πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Jeannie dear πŸ™‚

      I like the restrictions imposed by haiku but don’t wish to be tied by that requirement for the last sentence…

      I managed to write nine because Freedom is so multifaceted, I reckon…

      P/S Will be popping over to your weblog later…

  12. I’m intrigued by the freedom of speech as this is something that clearly challenges our world. We all want freedom of speech but find it difficult to give that same freedom to others whose views we don’t agree with. Perhaps in some respects I wonder if you can only truly value freedom when it is something you have been deprived of?

    1. Very true – some things we take for granted…many lose their freedom at their place of work, neighbourhood, religious/social institutions…in many cases we have the choice of walking away but in some cases, perhaps not…

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