For most of us, freedom is an idea and not an actuality.
To be free to express ourselves, we have to be totally free of fear.
Unless the human mind is inwardly, psychologically, totally free, it is not possible to see what is true, to see if there is a reality not invented by fear, not shaped by the society or the culture in which we live.
To explore, there must be freedom, not at the end, but right at the beginning. Unless one is free, one cannot explore, investigate or examine.
One cannot learn about oneself unless one is free, free so that one can observe, not according to any pattern, formula or concept, but actually observe oneself as one is.
Source – The Flight of the Eagle by J Krishnamurti.