Some people believe that freedom is something that the Nature has not granted man with. They affirm that life is a sequence of predetermined events that come to us and go leaving signs of happiness or scars of sorrow on our hearts.
This concept is also a part of many religions where people believe that every good and bad comes from God and we are just made to bear that good or bad. Even Shakespeare said that this life is a stage and the human beings are only the actors who have to play their part of the play, and pass on.
According to van Heeas “To ascertain how well a person is doing we therefore cannot focus only on what she is doing; we should also consider what she could be doing.” That is, we can determine a person’s well-being not by determining his opportunity set or choice options only, but be analyzing what he would be doing if he was free to make any choice about any issue. Thus, freedom of choice is what determines how well a person is doing in his life. One who has been deprived of his freedom of choice is someone who cannot be ranked as a person who is bringing out his best in the things he is doing. The concept of freedom, may it be of religion, speech, or choice, has changed very much over the years. Now the people feel free to make their own choices in politics, residence, education, jobs, interests, votes, and so on. Freedom of speech has enabled media to cover each and every aspect of life. Freedom of religion has freed humans from abiding by one