Free Society

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People have many different definitions for the term free society. Some may consider their society as free when that society deems them rights and free will, as the Bill of Rights establishes, while others consider a free society to be one that does not discriminate against those noted as unpopular by their peers. In order to feel safe, one must have his or her respective natural rights; however, in order for a society to truly be considered “free,” it cannot establish social labels such as unpopular and popular. In my definition, a free society would have a definite absence of social labels, and happiness and safety could be established for everyone. A free society should not pride itself on the safety of the unpopular, but rather upon its lack of those considered unpopular. We cannot create an elitist society in which all people are considered popular; however, a society should not tag people as popular or unpopular. When applied, social labels create a separated society, and cliques form. Recently, a homosexual student at Rutgers University committed suicide because his “more popular” classmate posted a video on the Internet of him having sexual encounters with another student, which resulted in profuse bullying. This lead to his decision to ultimately end his life in order to escape the results of his unpopular lifestyle choices. With the creation of social labels comes risks that appear more prominent for those who do not “hang out with the right crowd.” In societies with social labels, people not only get labeled as popular and unpopular, but in many cases, more realistically as predator and victim. A society without social labels would successfully avoid social discrimination and abuse between social classes. Social labels cannot be a component of a free society because they prevent universal safety. The terms popular and unpopular place people in usually fixed social classes. P!nk, a famous pop artist, underlines the importance of social acceptance in her...
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