IRISTOTLE ON INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM

//IRISTOTLE ON INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM

No, you weren’t mistaken, and no, there’s no typo. Iristotle is a nickname I’ve been given in jest by some close friends. It is true that I love my country’s philosophical heritage, and Aristotle’s teachings are certainly no exceptions. Ancient Greek philosophers are frequently mentioned and quoted in my books and articles. But this time, I will make a transcendence and start off with an English wise man. See, I also want to be unpredictable at times. So, the famous English novelist Charles Kingsley once said, “There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes, and the true, where he is free to do what he ought.” This quote suggests that people should not be allowed to do whatever they want, but instead should always do what they have been taught they are supposed to. However, there are those who believe that we should be free to choose our own actions, as long as they do not harm others, of course!

Firstly, it has been argued that freedom of action is one of the civil liberties on which democracy is based and, therefore, we are free to do what we want. Moreover, it is this freedom that gives everyone a sense of dignity and self-worth in order to make a useful contribution to society. Secondly, exercising one’s right of individual freedom has led to the progress and development that we have witnessed throughout the ages. That is to say, if everyone had behaved in a uniform way in the past, things would have remained unchanged for centuries.

However, as strange as it might sound, there is another side to this argument. Some claim that if people were allowed to do as they please, the result would be anarchy. In this case, it can be argued that the individual cannot be permitted to do whatever they wish, because there might be adverse effects on others as a consequence of their actions. In other words, lawmakers should be the ones who make the decision about what types of conduct could harm others. For instance, driving without abiding by driving laws could endanger the driver, other road users and pedestrians alike. This example clearly shows that limitations often serve to protect both us and others by ensuring our safety.

All things considered, rules and regulations that govern human behavior would not have come into existence if there was no need for them. In my opinion, such is human nature that absolute freedom is simply impossible. Some aspects of human behavior must be controlled for the general good of mankind.

A heartfelt thank you for reading my blog! Feel free to leave a comment and share your own views and thoughts. Even the most contradictory will be gladly received, as long as they are not offensive and even then, I might say: OK, that’s an opinion! not a good one, but an opinion!

By |2019-02-23T14:34:26+02:00March 10th, 2019|2 Comments

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  1. Anne Marie March 10, 2019 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Our Dear Iristotle, your blog gives us joy! Thank you.

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