1) Is freedom simply the ability to act without consequence or the ability to only be judged after action?
2) Can we even define freedom entirely or is it a much more vague concept such as Justice or Compassion which often times have limitations based on situations?
3) If freedom equates to action without consequence can we ever truly be free?
4) Can freedom be defined as "A situation where one is not upheld to any particular standard?"
Freedom has nothing to do with getting want you want. It can't be given or won for another, only taken for yourself. It is a state of mind and moral honesty where one realizes and takes responsibility for one's own existence. That existence would include the requirements to stay alive, as well as the direct and repercussitory effects of one's actions. It's not how small or large those effects may be in size, but that one is willing to pay the costs that existence has incurred.
5) What are the dangers as well as benefits of a Society lacking standards IN YOUR VIEW.
6) Do you view the western society (USA, Canada, UK as examples) as free? If these societies are free what limitations are imposed on those freedoms?
7) What are the benefits of a society based on standards? What are the risks?
There are no shortages of standards, where "standard" is an official sounding word for "idea". It's only a matter of what degree I am in accord with those ideas. Once again, I must accept the responsibility of living in a system where my vote can be outvoted. The US herself is free. Her people, by in large, are not. But, that is the decision individuals have made for themselves. People want to blame the electoral colleges, but they know that representation is population based yet do not move to districts known for their political proclivity. Yes, you're free to move and vote as you like. No, you shouldn't afford the benefits of living within a city based on local political dynamics after you have voted and thus thrust upon the nation some other dynamic. We sleep in the beds we've made or left disheveled, accept it or not.
8) In a free society is there any duty to other members of that society? If so how far does that duty extend? If there is no duty what are the minimum expectations of members of that society? What are the consequences of failing to meet those expectations? Is this true freedom or simply an illusion?
I've already defined freedom and covered how ideas work en masse, and of course I'm big on duty. It's a great idea! However, duty isn't the issue but how that duty is enacted. I feel the government's job is to govern, so my suggestion is to start at home and work outward
. If people can't be helped in one's current occupation, start a career in the medical field, public service, the military, or the humanities. If one feels compelled to use money and wants to do good (as opposed to just feeling warm and fuzzy), research the organizations; find their percentages between paying the staff, absorption by the costs of the organization itself, and the amount they put directly on the charity.