Freedom Light Rings
I share today a definition and a few questions I reflected on regarding freedom this 4th of July,
I have pondered many of these questions through leadership studies and equity, diversity and inclusion work.
I invite everyone to ponder for a bit. Reflect on your 4th of July experience, your freedom, other’s freedoms and circumstances that lack true freedom.
Webster dictionary defines freedom as:
1 : the quality or state of being free. (a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another c : the quality or state of being exempt or released from something onerous).”
For today’s post I will not discuss my understanding of freedom. I only ask that we deeply consider a few questions. Also, I encourage you to dialogue about freedom with others face to face (truly listening and not through debate - I’m right and your wrong).
Please share additional questions and discussion in the comments section below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does it mean to be free? (Webster dictionary includes 15 definitions for the term free)
What comes to mind when you hear the word "freedom"?
What is the difference between equality and equity?
Is everyone in our country equally free?
Is there equity as well?
Would you fight for your freedom?
Would you fight for the freedom of others?
Do you think people misunderstand the concept of freedom? Why?
Do you understand the true meaning of freedom? Explain.
Have you ever had someone speak up for your freedom?
Have you ever spoken up for the freedom of others?
Do you use the freedoms given to you to negatively impact others? Or do you use your freedom to lift up others?
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” - Nelson Mandela.