While there is a few who think freedom is an illusion thrown upon us from high authority for their security and our content I think really the main culprit is ourselves. The real people lying to us is ourselves, as a species we lie to ourselves about freedom so we feel as if we can do anything if the time comes. This is simply not true and yes we can do a lot of boundary pushing things but only within our rules, law, social guidelines which are never really confirmed but are always there.
Hypothetically imagine you are living on an island by yourself and there is no other person on the whole planet. Then and only then would freedom exist because it doesn’t eclipse another persons idea of true freedom. One mans freedom is another mans prison, what one may think is heaven on earth to another could be hell on earth.
“the condition of not being subject to restrictions, coercion, or control, imposed by another person or society; to choose goals and actions on one’s own initiative”
What some people confuse freedom for is freedom of choice. Being able to choose to do something for yourself to do. While people may have this they won’t have freedom of action. I walk into a room and lie down on the bed and fall asleep, during my sleep unbeknownst to me someone locks the door with a key from the outside and walks away. When I wake up I am locked in a room but I don’t know that, I think that I am free to walk out of the door. So say I sit up in my bed and think, should I go for a walk, nah, I’ll go back to sleep. Is this freedom? I made a decision not to go out of the door but I couldn’t have gone out of the door in the first place. In this case I have freedom of choice but not freedom of will. So I could have chosen to go out of the door, but I would have been unable to.
To the people who say its the government mostly to blame think, can the president of the united states do whatever he wants? Can he walk straight our of the white house into DC into a bar and get drunk? No not even he has freedom of action. He’d be stopped before he reached the front doors because that’s the way things work. Not even the highest of authority has the freedom of action. You have the freedom of choice over what you drink, smoke, eat and watch but if you go outside the menu handed to you and smoke drink or eat what you want that’s not there on the shelf you are going to find yourself in prison once caught. Because really everything they don’t sell themselves is illegal, moonshine, mushrooms, pot etc (this just goes into the whole drug topic though so leave this at the side for now).
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