Freedom isn’t something that is given, it’s taken away. We have the freedom to think until that freedom is taken away by either yielding to distractions, indulging in destructive, self-incriminating thoughts, or not taking the time to challenge the mind and keep improving.
We have the freedom of time until that freedom is taken away by circumstances and/or our inability to manage the time we have.
Self-mastery, therefore, is true freedom. That’s why people who have a hard time governing themselves will naturally find masters to govern them. These “masters” come in many forms: technology, food, people, scapegoats, excuses, and the lists goes on...
Just because freedom isn’t given, doesn’t mean it’s not earned. With each passing thought and action, we are either earning more freedom or allowing something (or someone) to take it away.