First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Freedom

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Writing 101
Definition Paper
Fall 2012
“I want to be able to do what I want, when I want.” This is a common answer people give when asked what freedom means to them. If you ask anyone, whoever you ask will say they want to be free, but when asked to define what freedom means; they can’t give an exact definition. If someone says that freedom is having the ability to do whatever you want whenever you want, then would it be right for someone to use his or her free actions to hurt someone else? Should they still have the freedom to do that? Since some people’s free actions might morally differ from others, you can’t put an exact definition on what it means to be free because the meaning itself is too abstract.

Astrophysicists Andrew Galambos believes that freedom is the societal condition that occurs when individuals have control over their own property. Galambos is saying that ones body (property) is theirs and they’re free to do what they want with it. So, if someone wants to take drugs, they should be able to do take them because it’s their body and their choices. The only time someone shouldn’t be free to take drugs is if they’re doing it around other people without their approval. The same could go for driving recklessly. If someone wants to endanger their own life, they should have the given right to do so. Although, they would have to consider that they don’t own the roads and there will be other people driving on them. Once you take that into consideration it overrides the fact that it’s your body and you can do what you want with it. Based on the idea of property right, considering the implications of ones actions case by case can put great limitations an individual’s freedom. If you go off just the definition given by Andrew Galambos, it’s not surprising that most people believe that freedom is having the ability to do whatever you want whenever you want. However, that’s not the case. The government has restrictions on what you can and can’t...
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