The Truth About liberty

Matthias Carroll 3/4/17

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My generation so often takes Liberty to mean a right, a necessary capacity protected by the functions of government and protected under the social contract thereof. This, in my opinion, is not the case. Liberty inherently means lack of restriction. We use this in context when saying we are at liberty to do something; there is nothing to prevent us. Please note this does not imply that the idea is commendable or even lawful: I am at liberty to drive my truck sixty miles an hour in a school zone, but I will surely be made to face the consequences if I should be caught.

         Here the liberty is not at fault; rather it is our own flawed action. It is this same liberty I advocate when it comes to speech, even should it come at the expense of other’s discomfort. Firstly, what is speech? Freedom of speech and the press are often used in tandem, and for good reason; they are both manifestations of the expression of our mind's thought processes. I find freedom of expression to be more encompassing, so it is in regards to this aspect that I will discuss.

         The main contention of the modern age is that some opinions expressed produce mental anguish to others whose eyes and eardrums these thought might beat upon. I believe this to be true; in fact, I know it to be true. I hear it when people carelessly use the N word for a cheap laugh, and I see it when people depict Christ defiled on their clothing. I contend both these expressions are disrespectful and hateful, but I want nothing more than for people to be able to express themselves. Revel I do not, I pray for understanding and piety, but these cannot be found in a barren place.






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