The Price of Freedom: Is "Free" Really Free?
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The Price of Freedom: Is "Free" Really Free?

In my short lifetime, if I had just 1 nickle for every person who has asked me the question, "is anything really free?", I would have several thousand dollars in my savings account right now. It's a question that many people ask, and many philosophers ponder. The question follows along with the basic tenants of philosophy that are designed to stretch the imagination, sharpen the mind and bring about new and interesting insight.

In my short lifetime, if I had just 1 nickle for every person who has asked me the question, "is anything really free?", I would have several thousand dollars in my savings account right now. It's a question that many people ask, and many philosophers ponder. The question follows along with the basic tenants of philosophy that are designed to stretch the imagination, sharpen the mind and bring about new and interesting insight.

What does "free" mean anyways?

According to Dictionary.com, "Free" can mean many things. It can be the discription of a soveriegn individual born with civil rights and natural freedoms. It can be a verb, describing the separation of one object from another. Or it can be a shorted form of the verb phrase "for free", which is an informal way of suggesting there is no "charge" for an item or service. Now, charging can mean many things, though in my own western society, it generally refers to the monetary compensation of paper or digital money.

Some things are "for free"

Clearly, under the description given to "free" by the dictionaries we people have created - some things are free. Or rather, they are "for free", meaning that they are being given to you without the expectation of monetary compensation or trade. An example might be the demonstrators in big chain stores like Costco, whom offer you a "free sample" of various foods, beverages and other products. You don't have to pay or do anything to receive that free sample.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction...

Okay, so if you want to get all philosophical with me - then EVERYTHING has a cost. If you stop to get that sample from the nice demonstrator at the store, you are then spending your TIME at that demostration booth, just as you are spending time here reading THIS article. Time is a very valuable thing in our left brained world, and because of that, if you don't spend your time efficiently through out the day, you WASTE that time. So regardless of what you choose to do, if it wastes time, then that will cost you the same time you could have been using to do something more productive - like getting all your goodies and up to the front of the line so that you don't get caught in the rush of customers trying to pile into the cashier isles.

What about scammers and tricksters?

Oh yes, these are a favorite topic of many. What about the sales ploys that do require you to do something in order to receive their "free" prize? By all means, they may call that "free", though it certainly doesn't fit any definition of free that I have yet seen. So if you have to put $100 in to open a new bank account to get that toaster, then NO - it's not actually "free".

Somethings that will always be free

  • EMOTIONAL STATE CONTROL - Believe it or not, but you will ALWAYS have control over which emotional state you choose to be in. This is not something that anyone can ever take from you, charge you for or ask you to do for them. 
  • INSPIRATION - It's anywhere and everywhere depending on which way you're looking at the time and the meaning you give to whatever in particular that you're looking at. And while I person can definitely make money inspiring other people, inspiration itself will always be free for those that truly seek it.

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Interesting, thanks for your lines

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