Michelle Marano Mr. Weir
May 30th, 2012
The importance of Freedoms
Freedom is a very important aspect of a society, without freedom people live in fear and insecurity. Benjamin Franklin once said “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve nether and lose both” (Franklin). Throughout history one can see how much control the governments have had over their citizens. People in other countries have been oppressed by their governments, keeping the people down and ignorant will keep the power hungry governments at the top. Freedoms such as privacy, speech and choice have been much improved in the 21st century compared to the decade George Orwell was writing 1984. Although governments still have some restrictions on these freedoms, citizens enjoy a much different society than in the previous century. Privacy is defined as “the state of being free from intrusion or disturbance in one’s private life or affairs, the right to privacy” (Websters dictionary). Over the last century, privacy has changed tremendously; there are more laws that protect people’s privacy from being invaded. In the novel 1984 there is no privacy at all as telescreens are used to constantly monitor party members. People who are caught doing things that they should not be doing by the telescreens are captured by the Thought Police and are possibly vaporized or tortured.
"There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized" (Orwell,5). It is very obvious how much people in the 21st century value and demand privacy. However, just because there are privacy laws in societies does not mean the governments cannot spy on its citizens. Linda Patterson said “The government is too into our face and their too into our business”. She refers to the fact that the government has to know what everyone is doing all the time and they have to tax its citizens for everything. “We are taxed to severely and too much. I cannot even put an addition on my house without the government knowing about it through a permit which costs money. It just seems everything we do the government has to know about. I can’t even buy land and sell it without the government knowing.” Linda believes the government is too involved and they seem to know every move its citizens make. “Free speech in short, is not an independent value but a political prize” (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy). In societies today having the right to freedom of expression is highly valued as it allows citizens to speak out against their governments and creates a flow of information. Without the freedom of speech, citizens would not have the ability to voice their concerns and frustrations that they experience within society. However, the freedom of speech is constricted to political correctness in many democratic nations. Mrs. Patterson said “I think everyone should have a right to speak their mind to believe in what they believe in.” She believes that people are still constricted to what they can say as it may conflict with political correctness. The freedom of speech has its limitations in almost every society, and while Mrs. Patterson believes she has freedom to speak out she still feels constrained on what she can and cannot...
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