Essay about The Meaning of Freedom

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For centuries the word "freedom" has been a topic of debate, and for good reason. There are so many different views of what freedom truly means and what influences it has on our daily lives. According to the American Heritage College Dictionary the word freedom means "The Condition of being free of constraints. To me, the word freedom is being able to achieve anything you want to. It is being able to change your surrounding environment how you want it to be. Many questions have been asked about whether we are truly free of constraints or if everything is predetermined by events that have already transpired. Some believe that it is indeed true that we are not free, that nothing happens freely, and that nothing happens by chance, …show more content…
In my opinion, if humans were not free and everything was predetermined then the country of the United States of America would not exist today, we would have continued on living under the England and its constraining laws. The laws set by the King of England would have stood forever without change. The people would be unable to freely change their views and revolt they would have lived the inevitable result of past events. It is stated that we have no choice in what is going to happen and that everything is a result of what has already transpired. A situation in which this would be true is if a building collapsed due to events that took place before hand to cause the collapse of the building. An example of an event that would cause the collapse of the building to be inevitable would be if a building was made and screws were accidentally not put on. Because of excessive weight on the piece with the missing screws it causes the building to collapse. The building was predetermined to fall because the screws were accidentally missing; it had no choice it had to collapse. All of this is true in relation to the building but this example of predetermined events causing other events to be inevitable is false when relating this concept to humans. The reason is because as humans we have the ability to change our surroundings. We are able to act on events that

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