Freedom, the dictionary says it’s the power or the right to do as one wants, but let me tell you, it’s way more than that. The true essence of freedom is a concept so alien that it has always been discussed among philosophers and the wise. One can argue that it’s not true, and people can generally do whatever they want, so let’s see whether we can wield that much independence.
1. The Quantum Level
Starting from the quantum level itself, an electron is said to be free to rotate the way it wants but having said that, it can only do so in a certain energy state, and as soon as the state changes, it’s forced to change its trajectory. Scaling up to cell division, theoretically, cell division can continue an infinite number of times, but inhibitors stop that process as soon as they reach a particular level; otherwise, it would become cancerous.
Scaling up a little more; come, humans. We devised laws and made a constitution that protects our freedom, but the question you should be asking yourself is “are you really free to do ANYTHING that you want”. The answer is a big NO.
We exercise freedom up to a certain level until it’s acceptable to go inside a person’s house and declare it as yours; it’s a concept of Freedom but against the law.
The famous line “Man was born free, but everywhere he is seen in chains” was said by Rousseau, who supports the view of the totality of freedom.
He said that people deserve to be free and make choices as they want but that they are chained by the societies in which they live.
3. Planets and Galaxies
Scaling up even more to the level of planets and galaxies, you would be shocked to know that even these might spacial bodies are not free. Planets are affected by gravity and the galaxies by the attraction of one another. Even the cosmos that are said to be infinite and everlasting have to obey some external force at some point in their life. The idea of total freedom is revolutionizing as it gives an entity the power to do virtually anything.
The laws and customs made in our society that said that they protect the citizen’s right to freedom are the means to maintain law and order, which is in fact the civic thing to do, as without the laws it would have been a complete mess. The drive for freedom is a strong one; it was so strong that it helped our country gain independence from British rule.
Man, always aimed to be free when independence is exercised to reap the fruits of prosperity, innovations, culture, harmony, etc. But as soon one taste’s true freedom, anarchy follows, the shining example being Adolf Hitler.
Something that we always forget about freedom is a secret hidden in plain sight, a universal truth: There exists a power that wields total freedom and can do virtually anything it wants. We have different names for that power.
Most of us call that power GOD.