If you are a woman, you will sense this urge towards liberation to the extent that you identify with or live in your male nature. (A woman who is more associated with or living in her feminine self will sense a stronger draw toward love.) A guy longs for independence in all aspects of his existence. He wants to be able to decide for himself what role he will play in any given situation, and he wishes to be free from internal and external constraints which may hinder his ability to act according to his own best judgment.
As a woman, you will feel drawn to freedom because part of you still desires to escape the restraints of being a female. However, there is another side of you that is content with its condition because it has found peace and happiness through connecting with a man. (A woman who is more satisfied with her life as a female will feel a stronger pull toward marriage and children. She too wishes to be free, but only after giving up some of her power in order to make room for a man.)
Independence is necessary for men to achieve true happiness. But without commitment, nothing good can last. As women, we need love and security too. It's just that these two things isn't always possible to get together. For example, a guy can't give up his freedom to have someone protect him. Or a girl can't find a husband who is willing to stay home and do housework all the time.
It is evident that we frequently feel free to do what we do and make the choices that we do. These factors not only influence our decisions and behaviors (sometimes without our knowledge), but they also produce them. Thus, freedom is an illusion. The more we examine this subject, the more apparent it becomes that freedom does not exist.
Our actions are determined by many factors: physical, psychological, social. Sometimes these factors combine into one reason why we do something or not do something else. For example, when we go to work, we follow a list of reasons for which we do so. Some of them are physical: there is no point in going to work if you aren't tired after sleeping well the night before. Some are emotional: we want to earn money, we want to support ourselves and our family. Some are related to other people: we go to work because it's what we need to do to satisfy our boss and other employees. And some reasons are mixed: we go to work because it's interesting and we hope that it will help us grow as people. However, regardless of the reason, at the end of the day we go to sleep feeling exhausted and ready to do it all over again the next morning.
Our actions also determine how we feel. If I don't do such-and-such action, then such-and-such outcome will occur.
Freedom, whichever you define it, is a fleeting sensation. As a result, don't try to catch or win it. It's similar to leaping to grab a balloon before it flies away. Every day, we make tiny and large decisions that contribute to our freedom. As long as you're aware of these decisions and know they are your choices, then you're free.
What exactly is personal freedom? To begin with, personal freedom is fundamentally an inside thing, something inside a man; the presence of something in a man's nature, not the lack of external restraint. It is the quality of being free from coercion or constraint.
Freedom means being able to do what you want without hurting others, or being forced to do anything you don't want to do. It doesn't mean that everyone else must do what you want, or suffer the consequences. For example, if I tell you to go jump out of a window, you are not free unless someone else can and will make sure that I have to take responsibility for my actions.
The most important factor in having personal freedom is having other people who will protect your rights, especially their rights. If there are no guards at the prison gate, then the prisoner has no freedom whatsoever. The same is true in society at large. Without the protection of a police force, military unit, or some other group capable of limiting another person's freedom in one's name, then one has no more personal freedom than a prisoner.
Second, freedom is about the ability to make choices. If I decide to go jump out of a window, this is a choice I make, but it may not be a good choice.
The sensation of freedom is rooted in our ability to live recursively; it occurs when we make our choices, or when we are accountable for our accountability. People living in those cultures may or may not enjoy freedom under the limits imposed on them. They may prefer a life of slavery, but they see no other way out.
Cultural definitions of freedom vary greatly depending on many factors such as social class, religion, and political system. For example, in some countries, people believe that they are free if they can choose their own leader, while others may think that they are free if they can vote for their favorite candidate.
Generally speaking, cultural definitions of freedom are divided into two categories: positive and negative. Positive freedoms include the right to live freely, to speak your mind, to worship God/dess, to protest against government policies, and more. Negative freedoms include the right to remain silent, to stay out of politics, and not to be persecuted for your beliefs.
People from different cultures may have different ideas about what constitutes freedom. However, no culture has ever lived up to its ideals, so there will always be some form of oppression happening in this world. At its core, freedom is about choice. We are free if we decide what role we want to play in this life, whether good or bad.
As humans, we need community to survive.