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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: If you would like to experiment with any mediums not listed above, please send an email with your idea to email@example.com.