This idea is a political rallying cry for all of us. It is also true that philosophical and theological students debate the extent and existence of individual freedom. How much freedom does any human being actually have ? We know we’re not all born with the same advantages and disadvantages; the “level playing field”, doesn’t exist. Some of us obviously have more freedom than others. I ran across this practical definition of the word. The excerpt below is by author Dane Rudhyar. I’ve added the feminine pronoun to acknowledge current sensibilities.
“What is important is the meaning person gives to the type of organism (s)he is—an individual human being born at a particular time and in a precise locality—and, as (s)he grows up, to the events (s)he encounters as (s)he tries to catalyze the potentialities inherent in (her)him by the fact of being born at that time and in that locality. From the moment of birth, every person enters into relationships with other beings and objects. What a person does with these events, how (s)he interprets them, how (s)he relates to them and what meaning (s)he gives to them: this is where (s)he can exercise “freedom.”