Having personal, communal or national liberty, i.e. the capacity to choose among a diversity of options.
Faced with death, one has the choice of dying with dignity. Similarly, facing life, one has the option to live fully or as a slaves to institutions and Statist regimes and in the darkness of ignorance and superstition.
With the contemporary flood of information, perspectives and possibilities for action, degree of freedom is a function of how much one is able to be responsible for.