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The Wisdom to Choose What Is Right for Oneself

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Freedom stands for something greater than just the right to act however I choose—it also stands for securing to everyone an equal opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. ________________________________________

To most reasonable people, freedom means more than just ‘free to do whatever I want’. Certainly freedom does mean the right to do as one pleases—to think, believe, speak, worship (or not worship), move about, gather, and generally act as you choose—but only until your choices start to infringe on another person’s freedom. FREEDOM?!?

The definition of freedom differs depending on who you ask. Sartre claimed that we are all completly free 100% of the time. We are free to choose what ever course of action we like. We might not think we are free to kill for example because we could go to prison. Sartre contends that this is only a constraint as far as we allow to be. He went on to say that our freedom allows us to choose anything even how tall a mountain is or the colour of the sky. The only counter point to his view of extreme freedom was his claim that we are only slaves to our facticity. ie. if our body does not allow us to jump over a building we are not free to do so. Politically speaking freedom seems to be defined as 'you are free to do what we tell you!' No society with laws and other constraints over our choices could ever be deemed as 'free.' Perhaps then the founding fathers of the U.S. were being somewhat misleading when they gave the country the handle 'land of the free,' they should have continued to say 'dont be suprised if you end up in prison if we dont like your choices, ...make my day etc.' However if you want a real head **** consider this. If everthing in the world is made up of molecules, atoms etc, and everything physical complies to the laws of cause and effect, then we have no freedom whatsoever, this is all just one big inescapable chain of causation.

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