Posted June 19th 2014 at 5:43 pm by
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Where do you find freedom? (call for entry)

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Welcome to CoLab Radio’s newest series on freedom.

We are brothers who became interested in the differences in the ways that we each experience freedom– in certain music, in particular spaces, and in different ideas.

Curious about the concept of freedom more broadly, we started digging in and found that the word contains two roots free and dom. Free finds its origins in the Old English word freo that meant “exempt from, not in bondage” and “noble, joyful”. If you trace the origins of freo far back enough you find the root pri meaning “to love”. In Old English the word free implied friendship and loved one, which was naturally the opposite of servants and slaves in the context of the household structure. Because loved ones were not in servitude, free came to mean “not in bondage.” Dom finds its origins in the old English root “dom” which means “statute, judgment”.

It is within this context that freedom, according to the Oxford dictionary, has come to mean, the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved; the power of self-determination attributed to the will and the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.

We have found freedom in unconventional experiences, some that resonate with this definition and some that don’t. So, we are launching this series to share with the CoLab Radio community our own musings, while opening up a broader conversation. We invite anyone interested in participating to share their own responses to the question: Where do you find freedom?

We will share the responses via a post released every Friday. You can contribute a post by doing the following:

1. Identify your response to the question. It could be a location, person, sound, taste, action, idea or experience. We are really interested in the diversity of responses so feel free to be creative. Even if your answer is not a location, person, sound, taste, action, idea or experience we still want to know about it!

2. Submit one visual representation of your response. This could be a photograph, a drawing, a cartoon, a diagram or something we haven’t thought of.

3. Submit an audio or written response to accompany your visual representation. This can be a few paragraphs of around 500 words or an audio recording of no more than 4 minutes.

4. Email your post to Phil & Aaron.: You can reach us at wheredoyoufindfreedom@mit.edu.

Note: If you would like to experiment with any mediums not listed above, please send an email with your idea to wheredoyoufindfreedom@mit.edu.

4 responses to “Where do you find freedom? (call for entry)”

  1. sathish selvakumar says:

    The place to find freedom is within oneself. Freedom is going beyond the ideas of “freedom from” and “freedom for” anything.

    Ultimate freedom is the inner space of Sannyas! http://sannyas.nithyananda.org

    is THE place to start.

  2. YeSeul Kim says:

    I find freedom when I am letting go and leaning in. I always refer to a quote from a church sermon – you can have it all – you just can’t have it all at once. Makes so much sense as I get older.

  3. Piotr Rajchert says:

    I become giddy with freedom when my daughter, wife and I travel. Sometimes our journeys amount to little more than drives in the country, not far from our suburban Toronto home. Other trips take us farther afield to places like the St. Lawrence River near Kingston, Ontario or to destinations in America or Europe. It is that sense of motion and being away that makes me feel absolutely free. I could not however be like Jack Kerouac whose writings I idolized as a student in my twenties. I still care for them now, but Jack’s characters’ constant momentum that took them from one city to another and then another and back again feels almost like a trap. When I travel I think I feel free because I know that my family and I will always return home to that familiar, comforting, place that we have shaped to reflect who we are.