Mir Moiz’s Weblog

Life is meaningful, only when one wishes to make it. We are creatures of time and we’ll wither away in it. The little moments of joy we find and create are all that will live with us.

Freedom to and Freedom from

In almost all things in life we witness a duality present – there are always two opposing forces.

The notion of freedom too has a duality.
Freedom to and Freedom from.

Freedom to, focuses on the self and Freedom from, focuses on the collective.
I have freedom to wear anything I like in a public place (even obscene) or I have freedom from any possible obscenity one could come across in a public place.
The two freedoms are in complete contradiction. If one type of freedom is catered to the other looses value and vice versa.

Global cultures and societies are also facing this dichotomy of freedoms.
What kind of freedom do you want in your country?
A self-centered freedom to do whatever you like or
A collective and conscientious freedom from possible difficulties or pains of life.

For me personally it’s simply about finding the right balance. I would use a moral compass to evaluate situations where each type of freedom makes sense and take an informed consensus from a group of wise elders and ethical/ informed and highly intellectual young individuals to formulate the best social makeup where freedom reigns supreme.

Yet despite all efforts the balance will always stay elusive requiring a counterweight act on a consistent basis to maintain the right mix.

Inspiration: Rick Steves
© MIR

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