“More people are waking up to the realization that an abundant life is possible outside the auspices of religion. Religion controls and limits personal freedom. We were born free. We have a personal responsibility to protect that freedom.”  Dr. Free

Author: Dr. Free

Dr. Free is a veteran educator. Her area of expertise is African-centered education consulting. She is a life learner who is passionate about truth, liberation, and justice. Dr. Free strives to be true to herself. She expresses herself in a way that enhances the lives of others and she enjoys giving others the space and encouragment to do the same.

2 thoughts on “Freedom”

  1. How were we born free? what could we do at the moment of birth free of any help or control of others? how were our thoughts (at the moment of birth) not bound by whatever instant gratification we craved in the moment? I guess i don’t understand the form of freedom you reference and would love to understand better.
    And Freedom can be a reflective mirror…everyone who looks at it seems something a little different..but i think freedom can be found inside or outside of religion…and there are so many factors to dive into that determine who gets this freedom and who doesn’t, but is is a true statement that you can find people who feel free and live with a certain level of freedom both inside religion and outside religion…

  2. Thanks for your comment. You’ve made some plausible statements. It is important to note that quotes are personal statements that come about from one’s personal experience. Quotes typically resonate with people who have had similar experiences and are not meant to be a blanket statement for all nor do they necessarily reflect a universal truth. In my corner of the world I am meeting more and more people who realize “for them” that they now overstand that they can exist outside religion without guilt or condemnation. They were born free and don’t need salvation or the consent of another human or clergy of some form to confer freedom upon them. The tenants of the religion that they once lived by insisted that only by “believing and having faith” under that system could they experience freedom in this life and the afterlife. When we know (as faith is defined by many people who adhere in religious sects) faith is not necessary. If we do have faith what if we define it as knowledge in a universal law that will produce a result??? Further, what if we faith became the satisfaction with the law prior to the production of the result for people. The behavior of individuals is usually considered acceptable when it is in line with what the religious system says is acceptable. Religion is usually a reflection of the dominate culture. Hence, cultures considered “minority” are not duly acknowledged or celebrated. When one acts outside of that system he or she is considered to be “sinning” or fallen from grace…etc. etc. Whatever the term for the particular religious affiliation . Therefore, one allows their behavior to be “controlled”, “influenced” or dictated by the affiliation all the while ignoring the intuitive ability that we have within. More people are living life on their own terms rather than living by the perceptions of others and what they decree by their religion to be right living. True freedom comes from within a man not from outside of the man. That is the way I have come to understand freedom.

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