Ideapod – is freedom real?

Ideapod – Graeme – are we really free to do what we want?

Hi Graeme

I go along with the general thrust of your idea.

And for me, freedom is important – very important, but it is second to life itself in my hierarchy of values.

Thus the value of life requires me to act responsibly in social and ecological contexts.

For me that doesn’t necessarily mean following any particular law in any particular situation, and it does mean doing whatever I reasonably can to lessen the risk to life of all others.

In this sense, freedom isn’t a freedom from consequences.

To me, at its highest level, freedom requires us to take the most powerful actions we can to sustain the life and liberty of all people. So liberty always comes with a responsibility, they are two sides of the same coin.

I have little time for the sense of liberty where people use it to absolve themselves of responsibility, and claim that they can do anything in the name of liberty.

I also don’t have a great respect for laws, I’ve seen too many of them made.

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