The alternative to righteousness is lawlessness (as in Hebrews 1:9). To be lawless is to be without law. That’s what most of the world considers freedom – “no one telling me what to do.”
Yet the law of God is that we 1) love Him with all our being, and 2) love our neighbor as ourselves. This is the law by which we are to live. If what we’re currently doing cannot be understood as an outworking of that love, then you’d have to say we’re being lawless – that is, not being governed by law.
Of course, this discussion only matters to one who has committed himself to love Christ.