It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. You probably and most likely are not free. You might think you are, but are you truly free? Think about it.
There are two kinds of slaves in life. One is the external. Those beholden to the state, leadership, authority, the collective, laws, the government etc.
The other is the internal slave. Someone who is an addict. Someone who is a slave to their fears, their past, their cigarettes, their debt, coffee, drugs, pain.
Which one is easier to combat and overcome?
My anarchist friends will tell you that to leave the state is probably the hardest thing to do. Only because cages and guns are pointed at you. But the reality is, they are free of that. They choose not to empower the state whenever possible.
They free their minds. When doing so, they are not a slave to anyone or anything.
For me, I have some hang ups...but I'm a slave to reason. Unfortunately it is shackled to some emotions.