posted on Jul, 3 2013 @ 09:02 AM
I think one of the major issues is that most people who are discussing 'freedom' may not actually know what they're addressing. It seems so simple
to say a word like 'freedom' or 'liberty'. It's like there should be an immediate understanding of what it is, but there isn't exactly.
If you look it as freedom to and freedom from then you have two distinct types of freedom. Freedom from being killed / Freedom to kill
would be an example of an opposing freedom with an easy and clear choice as to which is more desirable for all persons involved.
I suppose it's simplifying it, but a lot of persons don't recognize this fundamental concept when they say that their freedoms are under attack.
It's not hypocritical to deny someone's freedom to kill but extend their freedom to defend, it's just with our limited vocabulary and psychology
it's difficult to explain why those two things are immediately different in so few words. Sometimes we can even convince ourselves of stupid things.
It's also a matter of history and point of view to see if certain freedoms conflict. I think as a modern society there are many historical examples
of freedom that we no longer have to contend with a on a day to day basis, and therefore don't appreciate what we have.
As an example, Ancient peoples regulated their market places to ensure fair pricing and the flow of goods, but these days we would say ... if the
merchant won't serve you, go to another store and don't shove your race / sexuality / oddness in my face! In an ancient multicultural city this
could be a life or death situation.
As far back as 2000BC there is evidence of ancient governments preventing discrimination or advantage being taken for the good of society in market
places. This simple freedom, of being able to turn up to a place of market and expect to be able to purchase or trade for an item equally, is
completely unappreciated by the wealthy people of today; as is the damage its removal can have.
There are many freedoms we also don't have that we don't complain about. Freedom from slavery is also a lack of freedom to sell yourself as a slave.
Around 500 - 600 BC in Athens this was made illegal, because even back then people understood that using yourself to secure a debt lead to an outcome
that was not good for society.
If people had a better understanding of history, of what happens when simple freedoms are removed or extended, there would be a much better discussion
about freedoms. The irony of the market place example: the reason our communities flourished to the point that merchants can complain about
discrimination laws now, is because they were expected by law to engage in fair commerce in the past.