I have total freedom within the confines of certain strictures. What I do on my property is my business and no one else’s; that authority stops at my property line. On the other hand I am also free of all manmade laws. Why? Because I choose which laws I will obey and which I will ignore. We all do, I just admit to it. Before you deny that, think, did you ever run a red light? Do you always follow the speed limits? Have you ever littered? Spit on the side walk? We all break laws sometimes through either ignorance or willful disobedience. I am free because I do so with freewill and knowledge, and acceptance of the consequences of my actions. I have freedom because I accept the responsibility for my actions.
The Old Testament says: Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
This leads to Anarchy and is described as such in the Bible.
The New Testament says: 1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
This is knowing the Law, what is proper and accepting the responsibility of power.
Freedom and accepting the responsibility for it and your actions Leads to a free society; freedom without accepting responsibility leads to anarchy.
Laurence Thomas of Moralhealth.com says:
Never in the history of humankind have people wanted so much freedom and so little responsibility. Thus, never in the history of humankind have people been so intent upon excusing what they insist they should be free to do. If we do too much of a thing—be it eating or watching television or surfing the net or gambling—we insist that it is an addiction. Or, if the idea of an addiction seems out of place, then we find some other excusing explanation, such as we are temporarily insane or momentarily depressed or what have you. But God forbid that these freedoms should be taken away from us on the grounds that we are not responsible enough.
So what is the difference between “Total Freedom” and Anarchy anyway? Taking responsibility for our actions. We as a society must look past our collective noses and what WE WANT, to what is best for society in general, not our individual best or benefit. We must look at the effects of our actions on others, then government does not need to have laws to control our actions, self-control will give all of us freedom. Government then only needs laws to punish transgressors who cannot or will not accept responsibility for their actions, to circumscribe limits that separate freedom from anarchy.
No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thine own or of thine friend's were. Each man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know for whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.
John Donne: from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions 1624 Meditation 17.
Just my thoughts for today.