These words are often used interchangeably but in reality they are not the same thing. Rather than give you a regurgitation word for word from a dictionary I’m just going to tell you what they mean to me personally. You can look them up in a dictionary yourself and decide what they mean to you. To me FREEDOM means being able to think,say and do what ever I want without being hindered or controlled by anyone or any thing. Free thought, freedom to write and say what ever I like. Freedom to spend my time as I see fit – rather than as someone or some organization would rather I spend it.
Independence and being independent is the opposite of being dependent. It means to be able to live and act without influence, consensus, permission or aid of others.It means more often than not going against societal norms and choosing a much different path. Never using credit or incurring another debt for example – or choosing to live in a camper or aboard a boat that is paid for in full as opposed to renting a house or apartment or making mortgage payments – even though doing so goes against normal consumer behavior and accepted societal norms.
Choosing to publish my own works independently on my own vs going through a traditional publisher and dealing with their agendas and needing their approval and permission to ever get anything published at all.
On a more personal and direct level let me put it another way. In our modern world currently here in the USA (and many other nations too) these days the old ways of dictatorship have been quietly replaced by modern indentured servitude implemented through societal conditioning to be lifelong rampant consumers who utilize credit and its resultant debt to maintain normal lifestyles. Debt makes people excessively dependent upon jobs and such dependence on those jobs as a matter of necessity erode and work toward the destruction of independence. This way of living normally requires people to get jobs and work long hours – 40,50 or even 60 or more hours per week to cover all the debt and expenses of maintaining such a lifestyle. Then people feel compelled to get up and go off to jobs they often do not like and work with people they do not like or respect to earn money that is already owed to others to pay for all the crap they bought on credit because society told them it was the thing to do. That makes them very much dependent on their jobs, dependent on credit and dependent on a system that is manipulative and controlling by nature.
Living in such a way – being normal in other words – is not even close to living independently.
If you have a job and want time off to go on a trip what do you have to do? Ask the boss for permission. What if they say no? Can you go anyway? Not without risking the loss of the job and its income and suffering severe and quick repercussions. Not very Independent is it? On the other hand – if you have no debt and have thousands of dollars in the bank at all times and have minimal living expenses because you choose to live below your means then you have much more independence in that case. Even if you had the same job and even if the boss says no – then you could easily quit if you wanted to without suffering severely for it. You would have plenty of cash to cover your expenses long enough to go on your trip and then give you plenty of time to find another job if you wanted.
What I’m saying is that more independence is far better than less independence.
How about you, what do you think?