The Combination of Two Selections from Gratitude, Responsibility, Freedom and Love

Kuroun Seung
4 min readFeb 24, 2018

I found some funny quotes about math and this one is my favorite.

I stopped understanding math when the alphabet decided to get involved.

Being said that, this one makes sense too.

So let’s find the combination of two selections from gratitude, responsibility, freedom and love. Even I say gratitude and freedom or freedom and gratitude, it means the same. Order is not matter, that is combination, not permutation. Here we go!

Gratitude and Freedom

“When it comes to fighting for freedom, those who are willing to fight should not be limited by our bigotry. Only rewarded with our gratitude.” ~ Jonh Ridley

Gratitude is exclusive from your freedom. You can have much more gratitude as much as freedom at the same time and you don’t have to sacrifice your freedom.

Responsibility and Freedom

“The time has come to accept in our hearts and minds that with freedom comes responsibility.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Unlikely with responsibility, you seem to lost your freedom. The more responsible you are, the least freedom you have.

Responsibility and Love

“The greater the feeling of responsibility for the person the more true love there is.” ~ Pope John Paul II

How about responsibility and love? Because you love someone or something, you are responsible to take care of them. You don’t want to lose them, do you? You sacrifice your freedom for love. That’s explain enough the relation between freedom and love, isn’t it? Not really.

Love and Freedom

“It is love that sets the limits of our freedom.” ~ Alistair Begg

How to describe when you love freedom? Freedom is just a special love. Love is more general than freedom. Loving freedom mean you love yourself, so freedom is a love, but love is not always a freedom. With responsibility, you sacrifice one love to be responsible to take care one love.

Love and Gratitude

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.” ~ Kristin Armstrong

It seems like love and gratitude is the best combination amount the group. You feel gratitude because you are loved. Same with freedom, gratitude and love can develop in parallel. More importantly they feed each other. When you feel a gratitude toward someone, it might be a chance that you will love them unless you are not compatible to love them for any reason that they are not the type you are looking for. It is not because you feel gratitude toward them, you will love them. Gratitude is just stimulus to the power of love.

Gratitude and Responsibility

“Ours is the responsibility to show our gratitude by the action of our lives.” ~ Thomas S. Monson

Gratitude would not have to be a responsibility. If you feel thankful to someone, you don’t have responsibility to take care of them in return unless you love them. Since gratitude can develop to love, people may confuse this term. Because they love someone, some people express their kindness and they expect to be loved back from him or her. That might be wrong expectation because they would just get gratitude not love.


Have you counted the combination? Do we have any pairs left? It should be six, right? The selection of two in four words which the order is not matter.

C(n,k) = n!/(n-k)!k!

What is the point of talking these word terms? I have no idea what I am discussing about. Wait…I am joking. I hope to bring someone happiness if they are in the confusion themselves around their love, gratitude, freedom and responsibility. They should know how to take care those things appropriately. Okay let’s sum it up, freedom is a love, but love is not always a freedom. When you truly love someone or something, you would automatically be responsibility to take care of them. You should take care of thing you love the most, in any circumstances. Don’t expect people gratitude for love. Gratitude does not always come with love. People who love you, are seeing you more than being a helpful hands. Don’t fake being a helpful person. Just be yourself is enough. Being yourself, you will get a last long true love. Being said that, always have gratitude to people who do good to you including yourself, good things will come to your life. At some point of times in life you will sacrifice your freedom to love.