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Freedom in an unfree world? (Happiness Warning!)

by Griffyn

“Freedom is the opportunity to live your life as you want to live it”

That is the first sentence from the book, “How I found freedom in an unfree world” by Harry Browne.  I originally read this book about a year or so ago and dismissed it because I was currently learning about ‘Universal Morality’.  After nearly 4 years of study in the realm of Universal Morality I can say I had a lot of great knowledge and no more happiness then when I started.  In fact, I had less.

I felt more alone and in despair then every before.  Then, after watching a community I looked up to attack a person I care about for bringing a pedophile out to the community and kicking HER out for her trouble, I had had enough of feeling bad and watching the dogma, shame, and feelings of superiority that path had brought me.

That is when I remembered this book.  I got it out and re-read it in a day.  What I read brought back a hope and excitement for life I hadn’t had in 4 years.

I’m going to go through and add my favorite quotes, one chapter at a time, for my own sake.  I hope doing this brings you some hope and gets you excited enough to get the book for yourself!

 

Prologue: Freedom in an Unfree World.

Freedom is the opportunity to live your life as you want to live it.

The freedom you seek is already available to you, but it has gone unnoticed.  There probably are two basic reasons you haven’t taken advantage of that freedom.

1. One reason is that you’re unaware of the many alternatives available to you.

2. The second reason you’re not free is because you’ve probably accepted without challenge certain assumptions that restrict your freedom.

What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior? — Walt Whitman

It is not recognized in the full amplitude of the word that all freedom is essentially self-liberation that I can have only so much freedom as I procure for myself by my ownness.  —  Max Stirner


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Next:  Why You Are Not Free, Ch. 2: The Identity Trap Part 1

What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior? — Walt Whitman

What do you suppose will satisfy the soul, except to walk free and own no superior? — Walt Whitman


Categories: Emotional Freedom, Mind Freedom, Physical Freedom, Political Freedom

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Paul Tilley Says:

    Just started this! loving it. thanks for notes as well

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  2. Kelly Schutt Says:

    “Cracking open” the tablet to sit back and read this today =) Free PDF version at http://goo.gl/sEQct

    “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus

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    Griffyn Reply:

    Great fine, thanks.

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    PLW Browne Reply:

    Harry Browne’s widow, Pamela, owns the copyright to all of Harry’s work. Free PDF eBooks are unauthorized and illegal. You can purchase any Harry Browne eBook for only $9.75 at: http://www.TrendsAction.com. And you can visit his web site and read hundreds of free articles at: http://www.HarryBrowne.org.

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    Griffyn Reply:

    As you can see above in the reference section on the blog post, I officially refer to paid products.

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  3. Kelly Schutt Says:

    Awesome post! Haven’t heard of this book, but totally agree.

    On April 15th I’m giving away all of my Federal Reserve Notes and renouncing my US citizenship to become a world citizen under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Well meaning friends and family are trying to talk me out of it. I respect their beliefs and concerns.

    Anyway, that’s my short term path to self liberation. After that I can start living in alignment with my goal of being free from domination by central bankers and statism.

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    Griffyn Reply:

    Wow, hardcore! This book has an entire section on the government, quite fascinating. It will be quite a few posts before I get to the government trap in the book, but I’ll definitely add it!

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  4. Griffyn Says:

    Have you ever heard of this book? If so, what did you think?

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    Keith Reply:

    Without question, it’s my favorite book of all time.

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    Griffyn Reply:

    Glad to hear it! Not many have even heard about it.

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