This word “freedom” has been thrown around a long time. It’s something that has been used to justify many things. Are we free? That depends on where in the world you live and to what extent that freedom has been extended to you by your government, religion, tribe and other forms of social control. Let’s start with some extreme examples. If you’re a citizen of North Korea, as an example, you’re not free. If you speak out against the government, you will have put your very livelihood in danger.
At some point as we get older we realize that we are makers of our own suffering. We are are own slave master and freely submit ourselves to this trick of the mind. I believe the last 5 years of my life my view of life and specially the mind have changed drastically. Meditation seems to be the only solace that we can take to try to free us from this trap.