Black and white image of a person holding a balance scale in each hand to indicate weighing decisions


Freedom is accepting and acting on one’s right to choose.

–Ashley Sanders

This definition takes as axiomatic an innate right to make choices about one’s life. An absence of this right implies a lack of freedom.

It implies the responsibility involved when accepting that one has a right to make decisions and that those decisions necessarily have effects and consequences. When making a choice, we are also accepting responsibility for the outcomes.

This proposition lacks the notion of freedom as a creative force or the inherent creative potential of freedom that is evident is Sartre and Beauvoir’s framing, but can we say that it is implied or at least possible within my definition?

What are the implications and limitations of this proposition?

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