Kings Of Freedom Essay

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Jeffrey Wang Eugene Laksana English 11 AP Period 2, Connell January 16 2012 Kings of Freedom Human society has constantly developed about the idea of unrestraint and mutual relationships; it is the very nature of humans to desire exemption from encumbrances, though at the expense of others’ comfort. Thus, the word “freedom,” which many modern day societies are centered about, has roots linked to one of the earliest records of human civilization—derived from the archaic language of Sanskrit more than two millennia ago in ancient India. Today, the word retains a vast collection of separate definitions because the original meaning is bent by society’s need to express their ideas. Yet, one consistent element of the word remains: it describes something constructive, particularly referring to dominance. The earliest form of “freedom” is linked to the Sanskrit word, “priyah,” meaning "own, dear, beloved." (Oxford English Dictionary) Nothing much can be said about the word at this point, but a crucial element of this word was established: that it was used unrestrictedly, and anybody in their community was able to identify their “beloved” with the word, “priyah.” The unrestricting nature of “priyah” would soon disappear, only to be later reestablished as a theoretical point for numerous latter societies. The Goths would later adopt the word, probably from trade or conflict. Their version of “priyah” was “frijon,” which had the primary usage of “beloved, friend, or to love.” Although the definition remained relatively similar, their society, however, developed a sense that “frijon” was to be exclusively used by free members of the community, as opposed to the slaves. The belief that intimacy could only be developed among peers of the same social class created devaluation in peer relationships. Furthermore, the exclusion of slaves,

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