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'...being able to live your life without the fear of being killed' is important but not really, I would suggest, the heart of 'true freedom'. Any of us could die/be killed at any moment - that's what life in this world is like (more so for some than others!).
Even in the midst of death and destruction people can be 'free' when they know in their hearts they are valued for who they are and are allowed/enabled to take their place in society without being coerced or oppressed by powers that have no interest in them as individuals but simply treat them as objects to serve that power's needs and desires.Alisdair, 15 years ago.