Freedom and Completeness

Three women said different things on the subject of their personal freedom. One said, "I'm free because I will never take up a binding relationship." The next, "I was free when I got my divorce." And yet another said with a laugh, "My liberation came when I got married."

What had each of these three women gained in her separate way? Freedom as seen by one could be bondage to another. The answer is that each had found the circumstance in which she felt she could be most fully and completely herself.

But in order really to find the fullness of her own being, each would have to go above and beyond the circumstance. Freedom from persons or closeness to persons is never the full answer. But it may be an outward result of glimpsing the answer.

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Women in the World: A Man's View
April 3, 1971

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