Let’s consider a few ways of restricting someone’s freedom. It’s a terrible thing to do and it can be self-inflicted or it can be imposed on others. It seems to me that, the more advanced a person or a society is, the more they rely on this practice. This subject cannot be easily exhausted, given the multitude of factors that influence each occurrence, from the people/systems involved, to motivation, level of intrusion, manner of execution, whether the influence is internal or external to the victim, whether it’s mutual or not, strangely enough we can also count the level of pleasure people can perceive in the process, the level of consciousness about the process, the inherent emotions, such as fear, security, domination, submission, volition, level of happiness or sadness/grief … to count but a few. In fact, all the factors that make our lives as colourful as it is (or, on the contrary) can be considered in the introspection of how free (or otherwise) one really is.
I’m far from being a psychologist, sociologist or any other luminary in this sense – I’m a mere life observer, just like you and him and her, sharing what I perceive in our daily existence. I do this for learning, for thinking, for feeling alive and connected. How about you?
From another perspective, this game is like statistics: you can carry on finding more evidence as to tip the balance one way or another, into a cycle of ups and downs, like the ones you see on a graph. There’s no problem with that – we’re not building a scientific thesis. We’re observing, thinking and sharing our views. Let's keep it simple.
This is only the humble beginning of a continuing observation, so together, let’s add to this list what we think could help others in their process of understanding life.
Please dare to participate. Let the game begin:
This is only my opinion and you may feel free to agree or disagree, prove me wrong, or have your own opinion - feel free to share your angle.
I think the worst crime is to limit one's own or another person's capacity to fully use their mental and emotional potential. It's a crime to not encourage your children to study and get educated, just as hideous as refusing to be educated or to learn and develop oneself, merely for being lazy.
Since we’re talking about people here and given that the biggest advantage we have over the animal reign is our intellectual capacity, I think the number one culprit in limiting our freedom is lack of or denial of appropriate education at any stage in one’s life. Since the thinking process doesn’t stop when people are not suitably educated (I don’t include in this the type of education one gets to suit another one’s needs and wants), we only need to compare the lifestyle of the uneducated folk with that of reasonably intelligent animals, to realise how detrimental, harmful and even evil the human race can become. Examples of behaviour harming their own self, their offsprings, their elders, animals and their environment, including the air they breathe or the water they drink are endless!
To be or not to be educated doesn't have to do with the financial affluence one may have or lack. That aspect only influences the level of one's education. When I realised I couldn't afford to carry on studying for a Master's Degree, let alone a PhD, I simply made a decision that I wouldn't be going the academic route, which landed me on a career ladder in a more practical capacity as a result.
Other people with poor origins but an avid thirst for knowledge have managed to put themselves through schools and universities around the world, or even study to high levels without bothering with the official degrees and certificates. In Europe it is the norm to grow up bilingual and in developing countries you can find graduates in meaningless jobs - in fact you find them everywhere in the world.
This is a consequence of the educational system itself, for preparing graduates based on the courses and the teaching resources available, rather than for what the students actually need. What is universally perceived as needed is to feed a greedy mechanism with labour force at various levels, with the aim to perpetuate this same mechanism by making its owners and role players even richer. Resources, both in terms of money, time energy and brain power from everybody who wants to put themselves in service of such a system are drawn from the studious victims before,during and including years after they finish their studying.
If you can prove me wrong, do it here and now - you'd make me happy, indeed.