Freedom is not a right but a responsibility

4 min readOct 21, 2021

Disclaimer: This is not just a positive thinking quote or an attempt to rewire our neurological pathways.

I have been always a product of my environment and upbringing. The thing is, I still am that. There is nothing to be done about it, our choices are limited by what we are exposed and directed to.

Most of us know that already and still partake in our system that dulls our lives and limits it to a material existence, even feelings and emotions are commodities. To every problem there is not a solution but a product (including our traditions and customs). Now, does this, or that, product actually provide a solution?

I won’t discuss whether freedom is a right or not, because I am assuming that I am having a dialogue with people who see this already. And if you don’t, I suggest you stop reading and refer to George Carlin’s piece about rights and privileges. What is clear to me is that believing in rights to freedom is dangerous and limits our responsibility to act whenever is necessary contrary to popular belief.

However, all that is pointless if we don’t go into the 2 other words involved in this line of a title: Responsibility and Freedom.

  1. Responsibility

To most of us this word is loaded with tasks and commitments, in a way it does not differ that much from the word ‘right’. Either we take what we ought to do from others or from ourselves (which is an internalisation of the outer environment and heritage, expressed in thought). In essence, responsibility is nothing more than a to-do list, something rigid that changes as the interests change, were they Nobel or not. But the responsibility mentioned in the title is that of a quality, not a thing to be achieved.

The word ‘responsibility’ actually breaks down to ‘The ability to respond’. Ability, meaning a quality, that which cannot be practiced for. It is either there or it is not.

And ‘to respond’… respond to whatever is taking place. Now, there are so many things that do happen that are essentially the work of fiction which I personally ended up believing and currently am acting towards making it a reality to myself and others around me. Since I am a collection of human history where many lies have became truths and so many…


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