Just some preliminary notes for a better article at a later stage if merit can be seen. Freedom – Achieved by voluntary surrender. At first this may sound like a contradictory statement, that to achieve freedom one must surrender it, but really it is a matter of the voluntary exchange of effort for someone else’s effort. A sort of purchasing of someone else’s freedom with your own. This article starts with what may seem to be an incredible proposition. That being that we as humans are unconditionally and innately free and unconditional with regards to living and life in general and that it is only when we wish to “move” or progress in our growth or development that we will deliberately and voluntarily relinquish or trade our freedom for the freedom of someone else to further our cause. Thus reducing our innate state of freedom to one of voluntary and temporary servitude. Martin Luther King once stated that all men are born equal and he I believe was quite right in stating this however once we start trading and bartering with our freedom conditioning sets in and reduces our equality depending on our ability to batter successfully or not. Points at issue: 1/ It is impossible for more than one individual to be free as soon as there are two free persons there will inevitably be conflict unless co-operation exists. 2/ Co-operation requires trading of freedom and voluntary surrender of self determination. Deferring, delegating and compromise. 3/ Freedom as an ideal is now no longer available unless one wants to be the only human on the planet or universe. [the freedom to be entirely alone is not necessarily a sort after freedom.] 4/ It is those who barter or negotiate their freedom the best who achieve the greatest sense of freedom. Those who are successful in raising the value of their freedom or self determination [ units of value is you like] that are the most successful in achieving the degree of personal freedom. [education, maturity, life skills, negotiating skills etc] This is demonstrated in society by persons striving to raise their personal self determination value by improving their education and skills, thus raising their individual value on the “freedom market” [ employment market [ in this example]] Summary: Freedom is determined by how successful you are in the inherent trade in personal freedoms. “I shall work for you for 8 hours a day if you will pay me to do so” Is a classic example of negotiated freedom exchange. The worker surrenders 8 hours of freedom for a value in money that can be applied unconditionally by that worker, from the employers freedom [ money is his freedom] The employer is surrendering the freedom of his money so that he can [ capitalism ] earn more money off the "servitude" he pays for therefore increasing his money thus his freedom that the money* provides] So whilst we are born free and equal we very quickly learn to compromise this freedom so that we can live in peace exchanging freedom for harmony and happiness. Freedom therefore is a competitive state. "one persons freedom is anothers servitude" It is in the balance of freedom that allows harmony. notes: * money is a token value system that is essentially unconditional in that a dollar can be spent any way the owner wishes within a given set of commodity or service supply limitations. In psychology and religion it is often stated that to achieve the greatest gain one must "surrender" to "their nature" or to their "God" In doing so relinquishing control and thus freedom to self determine. In most cases incredible gains in personal peace are achieved once we realise that surrendering is not actually an act of surrender but more a state of acceptance. You can not surrender your nature nor can you give away something that is not able to be given away, however the act of surrender is a temporary sufference that allows progress and change and growth. Care to discuss?