FREEDOM

On 11 February 1990, Nelson Mandela, leader of the movement to end apartheid in South Africa was released from prison after 27 years.

What stories or images do you associate with freedom?

 

Why do we feel that it’s precious to be free?

"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter."

 

- George Washington
 

In the stories that you just shared about freedom,

who or what were the enemies to freedom?

Did you know that the average Netflix user spends 126 hours per year looking for things to watch on Netflix?

We think that uninhibited choice should bring us freedom – but is it really this simple?

Can too much choice be harmful?

 

What do you think the effect of plentiful choice is on making and sticking to commitments?

John Mayer’s song Free Fallin’ speaks about being ‘free’ in two senses. The singer reflects on the latest serious relationship that he’s just ended. He’s free again – in the sense that he’s tied to no-one.

But he’s also free in the sense that, in pursuing what he desires, he’s continuing to sacrifice any chance of meaningful romantic connection.

What would you say to John?

Can he ever be truly free alone?

In what ways would you feel free if you knew you were truly loved?

You hear that your friend's boyfriend has asked her to stop her ballet dancing classes each weekend. 

What would you need to find out before evaluating whether his suggestion would make her more free?

Jesus says that that those who follow him will know the truth, and the truth will set them free. (John 8:32)

What would you need to find out before evaluating whether Jesus’ words would make you more free?

How has this discussion changed the way you feel about freedom?

Think more about how freedom, individuality and love might connect: 

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Consider whether Jesus’ offer to bring us freedom is worth taking seriously: 

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