I put a lot of thought into this, and really can't determine if we're "truly free". I"m basing this thread around the US, so I'll probably be using democracy a lot. We live in a democracy where we can make our own decisions, although we're born into something completely different. You're born knowing nothing, you die knowing nothing. In the middle of that time frame, you learn, make money, get a job, start a family, and socialize. Wouldn't you agree that that's the normal American lifestyle? Forced to get an education (whether you decide to drop out or not), forced to get a job since the world resolves around money, forced to obey the laws that create the fixed mix. I'm just trying to get other peoples' perspectives on this as well. Do you think we're born into a fixed society? I'll clarify points if needed.