What is your own understanding of freedom? Do you believe freedom is an individual or communal ideal? What is true freedom?

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Freedom has been discussed and debated for a while now and no one can completely agree that it exists. Does it really exist? Can one do what they feel because they have the want to? And how far does freedom exist without restraints, if it does exist?

Freedom for Mills speaks of the rights of an individual. Mills concept is focused more on individual liberty and not as much as community-based as King Jr. For Mills, freedom is personal liberty meaning that it is freedom of the self. He believes that this can be as long as one chooses without violating the rights of others. When it comes to Martin Luther King Jr. he focused more on the community, the community of African Americans. He preached about equality among "whites and blacks" and for freedom of the blacks from mental and physical slavery. These two men have shown us an example of both communal and individual freedom.

For the average thinker, freedom is more of an individual ideal. One must be free with oneself before they start to lead a congregation towards freedom. Martin Luther King was free in his own self. While he preached of communal freedom, it was the result of individual freedom. He took what was not supposed to be his and broke many laws because he believed he was free. He knew that his crusade for overall freedom would be easier with supporters and fellow "freedom-fighters". King knew that communal freedom could be achieved through individual freedom. When each individual is free then his or her community is free and so on.

True freedom on the other hand does not exist. This is the kind of freedom whereby one may do whatsoever he/she wants to do. It does make sense that it...