Question by ? ? ? ?: What is the difference between “freedom from…” and “freedom to…”?
What is the difference between “freedom from…” and “freedom to…”?
As in: “We were given freedom from oppression” and “They weren’t bestowed with the freedom to express themselves.”
I think I came across this while reading “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood. It’s a novel about life in a false-utopian dictatorship-like society. Actually, more like a totalitarian society. It’s about how every person in society has a role such as “the handmaid”, “the wife”, “the Marthas”, “the Commander”, “the Econowives” etc. The main character, Offred eventually learns of the dystopia in the society she lives in and secretly plans a revolution. It’s a pretty good book really.
Answer by glittergirl
If you are free FROM something, you have escaped a situation that you don’t want to be in.
If you are free TO do something, you are given the ability to do what you want, that you couldn’t do before.
Truly, there is no difference. The person who wants to be free wants to get away from something, so they can get to something else.
Those that are running FROM financial debt are running TO financial independence, wealth, or at least not living paycheck to paycheck.
Those running FROM an abusive relationship are running TO singlehood, another lover, or safety.
If you’re running FROM something, you are running TO something.
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