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A free spirit is an archetype. It refers to a human being who feels unconstrained by convention; rather, the spirit of liberty is paramount to that person. Such people should be distinguished from libertines who could be considered to carry that spirit to excess.

The free spirit should be distinguished from the hero, in that a hero can be viewed as a leader, perhaps in a struggle. Rather, a free spirit tends to act alone, without the connotation of moral victory.

The combination of free spirit and winner, for example in the Olympic games has existed for millennia. This can be viewed as the antithesis of the authoritarian or tyrant.

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