´What does freedom mean to you?`, I recently asked in a school class and I asked the students to have a silent dialogue on the blackboard: at the end you could find terms such as, ´no discrimination`, democracy, fundamental rights, no face masks, health, holidays, summer, freedom of speech and freedom to travel, political liberty, financial independence etc., as a results on the blackboard.
Abraham Lincoln once said `The world has never found a good definition for the word freedom”. I almost have to agree with him on this, because really every person feels his or her own individual sense of freedom and the feeling of freedom is not comparable with the feelings of freedom of others.
However, one thing seems to be true – when freedom is lost, we humans only become aware of the value and meaning of freedom. This may explain the inflationary development of the term ‘freedom’ since the beginning of the pandemic – the word was and is almost misused, used in a distorted historical context, ‘distorted’ in its meaning and used in completely ‘confused’ contexts.
“The freer we are, the more responsibility we have to bear”, says the writer and musician Hans Platzgumer. He describes in an article of the Austrian Newspaper “Der Standard” , dated December 19, 2021, what freedom demands of us if we take it seriously – further Platzgumer says, “Every freedom we claim, we must understand as a valuable and fragile good, as a task. With our freedom, we put ourselves and others in danger, and precisely from this arises the obligation to handle it prudently. If we ignore this fact, we confuse freedom with negligence. For the personal freedom of the individual, ethical values are essential in addition to awareness. Not only must I recognize what I am doing with my freedom, I must also integrate my actions into the context of the world community. Freedom is not compatible with egoism, otherwise one person’s freedom is immediately nullified by another’s.
A truly wonderful presentation of the meaning and value of freedom for our coexistence on this planet – This reflection gives me personally hope for our societies and humanity.
And what does ‘freedom’ mean to me personally? I feel freedom when I am grateful for my life on this wonderful planet Earth, when I realize how rich in gifts I am and how much it is in my hands to make my life worth living, when I support other people to find themselves.
JU’s 3 Fragen für Dezember lauten 👇
👉How would you describe your personal sense of freedom?
👉Do you remember situations where you felt ‘unfree’ and how could you ‘free’ yourself from this situation?
👉’There is no limit’- how do you experience this realization on a spiritual level?
👱🏻🇦🇹🇩🇪 Lena Könighofer
From March 2020 to January 2022, Lena and I only knew each other ‘online’ – our first, face-to-face meeting was a true ‘New Year’s gift’ for me – KT brought us together in a professional context and since 03/20 Lena has also been working for JU_nique.
Lena studies MultiMediaArt/Media Design in Salzburg, loves illustration, motion graphics, choir singing, long walks and Munich, because she found her dream job there.
I admire Lena for her artistic and drawing talent, for her precision and empathy, it is a real pleasure for me to have such a creative and likeable young woman in my team.
👩🏻🇦🇹🇦🇺🇦🇷 Roswitha Schaubmeier
From the Upper Austrian Mühlviertel to Linz out into the wide world – Roswitha is a medical-technical specialist and at the age of 33 she went to Buenos Aires for 4 years and then to Canberra/Australia where she lived until the end of 2004. With a heavy heart Roswitha came back to Austria/Vienna and only recently returned to her roots in the Mühlviertel. It is not surprising that traveling to remote areas, like Antarctica or Easter Island is one of Roswitha’s hobbies besides her love for nature and animals.
I first met Roswitha at a retreat hosted by Victor Barron in 2008 and since 2017 we have been ‘spiritual healer colleagues’.
I appreciate in Roswitha her elegance, subtlety and thoughtfulness, her courage to discover new things and her big heart for Mother Earth.
What a joy that Nicole and I ran into each other again on FB/Insta after what felt like 20 years. Nicole was one of my first students at the Business Academy, Vienna 22 and I remember very well that Nicole was very courageous, self-determined, communicative and curious even at a young age.
In ‘changing times’ Nicole is also changing professionally – she has a son and spends her free time with music, crocheting, discovering nature and reading.
What I appreciate about Nicole is that her volunteer work with refugee assistance and mobile learning assistance makes such a valuable contribution to our society – thank you 🙏🏻.