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What is the meaning of the quote 'Freedom consists not in doing what you like but in having the right to do what you ought'?

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02/27/2009

The first part is a selfish version of freedom - I'm free so I can do whatever I want for me - that's a misuse and abuse of freedom. True freedom exists when people have the ability to do what they SHOULD do. God grants us freedom (the ability) to do the right thing, to make good decisions, to put others before ourselves. If you commit to doing that, then you have found the true joy in freedom... (BTW, that's a manipulation of a quote by Abraham Lincoln)