Contemplating Freedom Again


Wise sages throughout time have realized that most people say they want freedom, but when the people finally acquire the keys to freedom, they reject complete freedom.

Much of the problem with popular notions of freedom is that it is that we mistake license for freedom. A useful way to view the two concepts is to remember that license is a subset of freedom. License is the belief that we can do whatever we want, whenever we want to do it. Taken as a whole, freedom encompasses much more than license. To possess freedom requires that we take full accountability and responsibility for our speech and actions. License assumes no accountability while freedom implies the understanding that there are consequences for everything we say and do. The truth of the matter is that many people are frightened of accountability and responsibility.

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for…

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