Inner chains matter. We can’t truly be free if we’re bound by them. Inner freedom requires the ability to say no to anything that enslaves your thoughts or feelings.
When you’re dishonest, you’re not free. You’re in bondage to the lies you tell.
Calling opinions facts isn’t freedom. It’s deception!
Freedom is often presented as doing what ever you feel like, but without self-discipline, there is only bondage. If you’re stuck in certain feelings or thoughts or behaviors, remember that being stuck isn’t freedom! If you’re not able to keep thoughts you don’t like, out of your mind, you’re not free.
The freedom of thought is worthless, if you allow your thinking to be controlled by feelings, and desires. It’s dangerous to use your freedom of speech if you ignore your freedom of thought.
Human nature, no matter how compelled or tormented from within, tries to convince itself that it is inwardly free. Signs of inner bondage are everywhere: worry, harmful habits, bitterness, envy, ego, lust, anxiety, anger, discouragement.
No government can grant you or guarantee you inner freedom. You have to win that for yourself. There is one right that no government or person can take away from you–the right to think your own thoughts.
True freedom is when you control your thoughts, desires, and emotions, instead of being controlled by them. No person, government, or emotion can control your thinking, if you will internally take control of your freedom of thought.
Inner freedom is to be no longer compelled or tormented by unwanted desires, feelings, or thoughts. It’s impossible without self-discipline and self-control. It doesn’t just happen.
Inner freedom doesn’t depend on outward circumstances. Political freedom without freedom from inner torment and compulsion, is incomplete. Inner freedom, like political freedom, isn’t free. It requires an ongoing fight to defend it against mental and emotional bondage.
Self is a prison that incarcerates the soul behind the strong walls of feelings and wants. When a thought forces its way into your mind, you’re not free. Inner freedom requires that we untangle self from the control of unwanted thoughts, desires, and emotions.
Every person is a minority of one. Everybody is unique! Pursue inner freedom. It’s up to you to bring freedom to your thinking and emotions. No person can do that for you. Only you can set the rules for how you use your brain.