"We do not have to “gain” freedom because freedom has always been with us and is not something to be gained in the end through strict and faithful adherence to some definite formulas. Formulas can only inhibit freedom and pre-formations only squelch creativity and impose mediocrity." - 🥋Bruce Lee 🥋
There are three levels of freedom we need to differentiate:
1st is Realistic, Basic, or Fundamental Freedom:
2nd is Freedom of Action or Choice:
3rd is Ultimate Freedom or Freedom of the Mind, Body, and Soul:
This is the type of freedom Bruce Lee is referring to. It is absolute and unencumbered by all external factors. Preached by Taoists and Stoics alike...