By Reza Ganjavi
Freedom can't be obtained positively, by doing something. It comes by understanding and negating what precludes freedom.
Standing up for one's rights is very important. In this context, I meant the statement as not just outer freedom (e.g. when your freedom is to ride the bicycle without having some criminal attack you), as well as inner freedom. The inner freedom is much more subtle, because most schools and parents don't teach a child to look inside. Most people just learn to look outside.
So, without looking in, inner freedom is not even addressed and instead, just symptoms of lack of freedom are revealed, often with the finger pointing outward. Our current world culture is in a severe shortage of introspective look and dissecting the ingredients of all that goes into shaping our thoughts and feelings.