I am a libertarian.
To me, freedom looks like the essential glue or fabric for society.
(An alternative view would be to say that the dichotomy of Freedom well balanced with Discipline (FbD) is what holds us together.)
But today, on my birthday, I speculate that my poet’s etymological analysis of the word “freedom” can give us both freedom and discipline in one. To do this I first suggest that the roots of the word “freedom” can lead us to call it the home or homes where we can feel free.
This might not actually be what happened in the evolution of language.
But I think it is is worth embracing because I believe it represents what we need.
It’s my birthday.
I am a poet.
So I am taking liberties with in offering this explanation of “freedom”, which literalists might dislike but others might enjoy.
For me, the word “freedom” combines the adjective “free” with the Latin word “domus” or home to mean a home where someone can feel free.
This works for me as the FbD I mentioned above.
Freedom balanced with discipline.
Homes are, or were, most commonly (like the homes I grew up in, first in Canberra, then in Melbourne) heterosexual places where parents raised kids. So there had to be rules.
One online etymological source says that the word “freedom” comes from the Old English “free” and “doom” meaning “regulation” or “statute”. Meaning, I presume, “no regulations”, “no statutes” or what some might call “anarchy”.
I prefer my flight of fancy in going back to the Latin which I studied in my youth for ten years. Maybe “domus” is where “doom” came from.
So, now, on my birthday, I feel I can say:
“Freedom is the home(s) where we feel free.”
A personal definition.
Geoff Fox, 23rd May, 2023, Down Under
PS I thank the United States Of America for how much help I can get online in artistically pursuing this idea and other libertarian ideas from so many of America’s wonderful freedom lovers like Tulsi Gabbard.
The above piece of word art is a photograph of Tulsi authored by Tulsi with words added by me. This resulting piece of word art is published by me under a GNU Free Documentation License, version 1.2.