Freedom

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Freedom is a key concept in America’s founding documents. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, the right to be free from unreasonable search and freedom, and many more. The Bill of Rights spoke of many kinds of freedom. We are proud to be a free people. This said, there are legitimate differing interpretations of what freedom means.

"Live and let live" is great until the freedom to use my property as I see fit interferes with your property. Or when someone’s speech harms another person's freedoms. Is it ever good for the government to limit an assembly of citizens? How do we celebrate our freedom and care for it so that it reflects our highest values? This conversation asks key questions and invites you to explore the many facets of freedom.

“Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose” is a line from a song (Me and Bobby McGee) made famous by Janis Joplin. But what is freedom in our day-to-day lives?


Rounds/Questions: The Living Room Conversation Starts Here
A Living Room Conversation flows through 5 rounds of questions and the closing. During some rounds, each question will be addressed. In other rounds, the multiple questions are intended as conversation starters and you need only respond to the one or two that matter the most to you. In the event the conversation wanders off track, we will refer to this Conversation Guide to get it back on track.

Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?
● What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: Core Values
Answer one or more of the following:
● What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
● What would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you “tick”?
● What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country now and long-term?

Round Three: Let’s Talk about Freedom.
Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer one or more of the following questions:
● What does freedom mean to you?
● How do you define being free? Are you free?
● Is freedom at risk? If so, what are you concerned about?
● What gray areas do you see when you think about this topic? How would you resolve them?
● What type of “harm” gives one the right to limit another’s freedom?

Round Four: Reflection
Answer one or more of the following questions:
● In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
● What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on this topic?
● Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: Accomplishment and Next Steps
Answer both of the following questions:
● What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
● Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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