Freedom is a word often used as something of great value in this world. According to the Cambridge dictionary freedom is “the condition or right of being able or allowed to do, say, think, etc. whatever you want to, without being controlled or limited”. Now within that definition which is the definition that we’ve accepted and have been living by, freedom is about being egocentric. And that’s how freedom is often being lived as a word and as a value. People often do believe in freedom, and because of the positive connotations attached to the word – it seems that it is a ‘right’ thing to do’. But freedom in a space-time reality of consequence doesn’t exist within that definition.
When we place the word ‘freedom’ within the context of reality, that can be in fact lived, we can see that every action has a consequence on the ‘whole’. Even moving an item cause a consequence (the place where the item is placed has changed). Obviously there are actions which consequences are irrelevant, and there are such which consequences are relevant. Whether a consequence is relevant, depends on influence it will have on lives of other beings. So in looking at that consequential quality of the world, we cannot stand by this definition of freedom as “being able to do what we want” and claim to not hurt others, because whatever is done has consequences. Therefore, it’s not freedom, because one person might “do what they want” but it has consequence on other beings lives, and it has to be considered if we’re talking about REAL freedom. Because freedom that is real, takes into consideration the freedom of ALL beings. Without taking all into consideration – we are not talking about freedom – we are talking about exploitation. As one’s beings freedom is dependant on exploiting another. And exploitation is pretty much opposite to freedom. So in living of a such self-interested definition/idea of freedom – we create the opposite of it, because through gaining freedom for self and ignoring freedom of others – we through the nature of the consequential space time reality enslave other beings that provide us with having this freedom in the expense of loosing or limiting theirs.
So to understand freedom, we have to understand enslavement. Because the self-interested freedom is what gives birth to the enslavement – in the way I have just described it above. Examples of that can be see everywhere in the world. Things like slavery, or economic slavery – some have freedom, while other work all the time; war – those who are stronger rob and destroy the fruits of work of those that loose; fascism, nationalism, racism etc. – people believe that their right to freedom is paramount, and believe that it’s more important then others, and perceive those as ‘lower’ then them because of some kind of justification that they make up of why they should be more free then others; rape – the rapist is exercising their sexual freedom, while not considering the freedom of the victim. Those are just few but quite clear examples of how the currently lived definition of freedom based on self-interest is playing out in the world. In the ‘smaller’ scale’ this plays out daily in our lives also. And it might not be so extreme as the examples as I’ve mentioned, but it’s there, and it’s creating the bigger events, as we collectively take part in influencing each other and constituting a system that will work and act in the image and likeness of who we are individually.
So to change the living and thus the creation of consequence of living this self-interested definition of the word freedom. We have to look at what is real freedom. And that is a freedom that is all inclusive. An all inclusive freedom, is what takes into consideration the freedom of all living beings (human, animal and plant alike). That would be real freedom, that could be called valuable if lived practically. But that can only come once we understand and acknowledge the inherent equality of all life, and when we recognize that every living thing has the right to freedom. And while it might not be able to perfectly supply that – we surely can move into that direction and practically make something much better of this world, where all would benefit and have more freedom – that is certainly possible.
So to get to real freedom, it HAS to be based on a foundation of equality. So that ALL can be free, because otherwise there will always be masters and slaves. And that is what we acknowledge and understand within proposing the Eqaul Money System. Until money and thus the whole system isn’t based on equality – there is no freedom possible, that has to be the foundation. Every other approach will lead some to exploit others through the principle of self-centered freedom.