Freedom, 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. 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.
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.
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.
National 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.
Local 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.
In order to offer a complete contribution to the cause, ALL4FREEDOM's strategy is therefore fourfold and the 4FREEDOM projects are active on all fronts. The global safeguarding of our freedom both at top-down (vertical) national governmental level as well as, locally, among the general public (horizontal) and the cultivation of inner freedom are all crucial components of the future of our freedom strategy and of mankind.
This is the overall concept of freedom on an organisational level but we are well aware that freedom is something very unique, just as we all are unique and would like you all to stay unique, to be able to have the freedom to find out what freedom means for you and to fully live that freedom-filled live you dream of. Just as long as you treat others around you with respect, tolerance and are always aware of when your freedom starts feeding on freedom of others. In short may we all live in freedom, very conscious of that freedom, of its importance and how powerful and fantastic freedom is for us and others and at the same time notice when and where freedom vanishes as a result of our actions, of others and/or of governments, organisations, groups and so forth and always, have the compassionate commitment to do what is necessary, 4FREEDOM!
Well before the previous Project Aware period, ALL4FREEDOM's initiators became aware of the importance of freedom and how inner and outer freedom are connected. When everything else failed, tortured Tibetan refugees cultivated compassion and felt freedom inside, thus overcoming the worst possible suffering and situations. Inner freedom proved the always-present self-controlled safe haven where one can take refuge whenever the world roars its ugly head again or when things do not go as you want. Nonetheless, we should always make continuous effort to improve what we can on both outer as inner freedom. ALL4FREEDOM, therefore has her mission clearly carved out.
FREEDOM FOR OUR HEROES
Freedom varies form one person to another something. Therefore we have asked our IAM4FREEDOM Heroes what freedom means for them. For inspiration and/or help us by uploading your our freedom vision and photo, check out our Freedom wall!