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Elle
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01.02.2012 (1051 days ago)
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What is freedom?

What is freedom? and what do you do with it?

We can all be free, even when we don't think we can.

It's a state of mind.

"Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you."

This is one of my favourite quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre.

I know, you'll tell me it's not easy. I know, I've been there, I still am.

But I keep trying Smile

 

The next day, after having talked to the dean to let him know her decision, Natasha rushed to her lecture. She arrived as her professor was putting her bag and books on her desk and threw herself onto the nearest seat, still engrossed in her plans.

A heated discussion had kicked off on whether you really had freedom of choice as Jean-Paul Sartre proclaimed. Had she felt her normal self, Natasha would have said yes, you are free to make your own choices. No matter what happens, you choose how to react and control your emotions. No one can make you feel a certain way unless you let them, she would have argued, but she stayed silent, strangely detached from the whole scene. Her professor looked her way several times hoping in vain for Natasha to join in and rescue her from some of the inaneconcepts thrown at her.

‘Natasha, are you all right?’

‘Professor, oh, yes, I’m fine,’ said Natasha as the woman caught her after the lecture.

‘Were we boring you? I must admit some of the arguments were pretty lame.’

‘What? Oh no, I’m sorry. I have important decisions to make and I’ve been kind of distracted.’

‘About going to California?’

‘You know?’

Taken from NOWHERE LEFT TO HIDE by Elle Amberley

 

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”

Sartre

Elle · 1051 days ago
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  •  Marta: 
     
    Elle, I agree with both Ana and Heidi, it is something I can relate to and it is sooo much easier knowing you are not alone. Either in the world or in the struggle to free ourselves. Love you
     
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  •  AnaLewis: 
     
    Love this Elle! Thank you for the smile today. I can totally relate.
     
     1051 days ago 
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  •  Heidi: 
     
    Love both quotes by Jean-Paul Sartre but in particular the opening one. It summarizes it perfectly. I think we're all struggling to free ourselves of something or someone, whether past or present, to have a future. Thanks for the encouragement to keep going. It's easier when you know you're not the only one.
     
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