A Writing Prompt from “The Philosopher’s Notebook”
An individual is only as free as they let themselves. Through childhood we are slaves to our upbringing, if we are free, we will not let it define our lives as adults, yet we usually do. In picking a career we are slaves to the material world, if we are free, we will not let financial potential determine the path we choose, yet we usually do or often wish we had let it. In the slums of any major civilian cultivation, if they are free, they will do whatever it takes to escape from the horrible conditions that surround them, even if that means dying, yet few are able to make it out.
Depending on your definition of free, a person has the ability to be as free as they desire to be, but a typical person desires to be comfortable and not free.