Some might wonder why I Reblogged this post to iLook China. The answer is simple—how can anyone decide what freedom means for another person as this post from Catphi proves?_________________
I say happiness and/or freedom are individual perceptions and those perceptions change depending on family/culture/country.__________________
There is what we “need” to survive and then there is what we “want”. Achieving what we “want” may lead to happiness and a feeling that we are free. What we need is air to breathe, food to eat and shelter. Then we may need love but we can live without love. When we reach “want”, after we have achieved “need”, then choice becomes an individual thing. For example, In China, most people want a better quality life now that so many have been lifted out of severe poverty for the first time in China’s history and the threat of death from starvation appears gone. Once the majority of Chinese achieve the better quality of life from material means, what will the perception of freedom/happiness mean then?
I have read several posts and articles that ask whether a person would choose Freedom or Happiness? Why must we choose, unless of course, we are talking about the book by Yevgeny Zamyatin entitled “We”, where the characters in Paradise were given a choice, “Happiness without Freedom, or Freedom without Happiness”, and there was no third choice! But, in real life, why do we have to choose one or the other? What is Freedom? What is Happiness? Are they always subjective? And, why can’t we have both?
Ancient Greek historian and author, Thucydides, says, “The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage”. But, he also states, “The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.” Aren’t those really the same thing? Doing what you have to and accepting what you have to, are the same thing. I see…
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