According to the Oxford living dictionary
, Freedom means:
1. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants.‘we do have some freedom of choice’
2. The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. Read more >>
Freedom, hmmm... how free are we to all have our own opinion on freedom and what freedom means for us. Freedom could be sitting on your yacht with champagne or waking up next to a different one night stand every week. Freedom could be not being bullied around by schoolmates, not living under the domination of a despotic government and living in Amsterdam... However, just to trim thing down to the domestic level of distinguishing and explaining what freedom variations, we identify at IAM4FREEDOM - ALL4FREEDOM - FREEDOM4ALL. When we speak of freedom, we mean freedom in its four-fold form: inner- and outer freedom, where we split the latter in national/vertical and local/horizontal freedom.
what does FREEDOM mean for you?
Freedom varies form one person to another something. When you think of it, what does freedom mean for you? We have also asked our IAM4FREEDOM Heroes what freedom means for them.
I am Jody and IAM4FREEDOM! I've never felt more free than I'm feeling right now. To get so much love and positive feedback for just being yourself is kind of crazy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I would recommend it to anyone. I am a transgender girl and I am very proud of that. In this world it's not easy to be different, especially when it isn't a choice to be different but it's just how you're born. This is who I am and I've learned to be proud of myself. IAM4FREEDOM!
Freedom is not having to live according to the standard..
That it’s ok to step outside the lines. Or stay within if I want to.
Freedom is dressing up sexy when I feel like it. Without disapproving or dirty looks from others.
Freedom for me is the right to choose what I do, where, when and with whom and that others have that exact same right.
Freedom is being respected. And giving back even if it’s not necessarily my savoir vivre.
Freedom is living in a society free of religious dogma’s and imposed religious laws.
Freedom is stepping under a waterfall when you see one.
I am Marjolein and IAM4FREEDOM! To me freedom means that you can live your own life. You make your own decisions and choices and no one can control your life for you. No one makes your decisions for you. Every moment and every single day. But it also means that you have to live with the consequences of the choices that you make, whether they are good or bad. Yes, I can live my own life and make my own choices. I can raise my kids the way I want to, and surround myself with people who I love. It means I can live where I want to and do the work I like to do. I do not have to ask anyone for permission to do these things. Because of all these freedoms, I'm grateful to live and be able to live my own life the way I want, as happy as I can. Sometimes we take freedom for granted and don't think of all the little things that we get to enjoy because we are free. When you stop and think about how different life would be without it, it makes you very thankful to live here and enjoy the promise of freedom. IAM4FREEDOM!
Freedom expressed through art? A wide variety of different and diverse art expressions come together in an impressive and creative collection of ART4FREEDOM poems, pictures, paintings, drawings, sculptures, digital works and you name it, collectively creating an epic expo and experience, both online as offline, thus touching ALL4FREEDOM or with the lack of freedom. ART4FREEDOM allows our IAM4FREEDOM Heroes to express the raw and dark side behind the fine freedom feeling.
Inner freedom is often only disturbed by oneself and includes the experiencing of inner peace and being free of destructive emotions such as stress, fear, anger, hatred, craving, aversion, irritation, jealousy, guilt, loneliness, sadness, pain, etc. from which one can interact and improve outer freedom. Our MEDITATE4FREEDOM
helps our heroes free themselves on the personal and inner level.
This is where the big fish feed on the freedom of the weaker ones. Outer freedom is limited by laws, police, politicians and other people overpowering you. Outer freedom refers to freedom as in human rights, and the right to be yourself and can be split in local- and national freedom. Besides MEDITATE4FREEDOM
, all our other 4FREEDOM projects
aim to improve our outer freedom.
can be found in democratic countries where people rather than the politicians are in power to a large degree. The need for national freedom
, is high under the pressure of totally top-down, dictatorial governments, where the responsible people's representatives do not use the army to protect but to oppress its people, thus disabling freedom.
is found in the respectful behaviour between tolerant people, who fully flourish in freedom and give space and freedom to others, from the knowledge that like them they to wish to be free. Lack at the level of local freedom
is felt whenever others deliberately attack your freedom. For example, moments when you experience being bullied at school, verbal and/or physical violence on the streets or the night scene, discrimination based upon skin colour, religion, sexual orientation, handicap, hairdo, clothing, opinion, etc.