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Can freedom be gained by giving up?

Asked by talljasperman (21822points) March 15th, 2010

Years ago I gave up trying… I gave up working, I gave up striving…Now I feel better am I free or did I lose everything when I gave up?

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OperativeQ's avatar

Yes, but don’t tell the venture capitalists that. Actually, you’ve (from your description) have taken a very Buddhist stance to the idea of objects. IMO, it’s also the healthiest attitude towards the subject.

Get what you need and use it. Be happy with it. Everything else is just a distraction.

drfunko's avatar

I doubt you’re totally free, but you’re more free than you were before. That’s called freedom from desire, versus freedom of desire. It could be said that you lost worldly freedom, but you gained spiritual freedom. It’s up to you to decide which one you value more and to what degree you’re free. I agree with @OperativeQ, it seems Buddhist.

naffion's avatar

Yes, absolutely, if giving up here is stop clinging on the things that constrain you such as those you have mentioned.

Freedom is gained when constraints are gone, isn’t it?

However, there are such things once you give up striving would not give you any freedom, but can possibly make it more difficult for you to enjoy your freedom in the future. I believe that these things are love (no selfish-love here), compassion, resillience, inner peace among many others.

Maybe, it is Buddhist as OperativeQ and drfunko said because I am a buddhist and it sounds so right to me.

faye's avatar

How do you eat?

davidbetterman's avatar

Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose.

delam's avatar

Yes that’s the idea of freedom by detachment…nirvana.

thriftymaid's avatar

Well, one of my favorite songs says “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”

Pandora's avatar

Depends on what else you gave up. If you gave up on life than your in a different kind of prison.
However if your living off welfare because you feel society should just support you then its not about freedom but rather your looking for a way to justify laziness.

lisa123456's avatar

in my opinion that is impossible. if you give up doing everything. you would feel very boring.

JeffVader's avatar

I’ve found a quote by Peter La Fleur that seems to back-up your approach “I found that if you have a goal, that you might not reach it. But if you don’t have one, then you are never disappointed. And I gotta tell ya… it feels phenomenal.”

mattbrowne's avatar

I gave up watching tv commercials. It’s very liberating. I wouldn’t give up eating though.

patg7590's avatar

Losing all hope was freedom.

Fight Club

CMaz's avatar

Freedom is a state of mind.

Silhouette's avatar

Yes and no, like Janis Joplin says freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose but in the end you got nothin.

kess's avatar

Truth gives a man all the freedom he’ll ever need.

Whether he has all things or nothing at all it makes absolutely no difference.

Truth is all one need.

talljasperman's avatar

@kess yes honesty set me free but the truth imprisoned me

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