Do you want to be free? Likely you do. Indeed, every sane person wants to be free."
Freedom is a most desirable condition for humans. This means the freedom really to enjoy life.
Then why does freedom for all not exist in this world?
Well, this is because some people do not appreciate the fundamental truth that there has to be respect for law and order by all for such freedom to be enjoyed by all.
Let us look at some examples to illustrate this:
Freedom at Home, on Streets elusive
However, if you live in one of these lands commonly regarded as free, ask yourself: Do you feel free to walk down any street at night?
Do you feel free to enjoy any park after dark? Do you feel free to leave the doors and windows of your home unlocked?
Even in the most democratic lands, large segments of the population are fearful of walking down dark streets. They avoid parks at night.
They have locks on the doors and windows of their homes. And their places of business are similarly protected. Is this freedom?
In fact fear has become a dominant factor in the many people’s life. Small-town residents hesitate to visit the big cities. Women are afraid to go out at night.
Many city-factory areas have become ghostly armed camps at night, with dogs, searchlights and alarm systems alerted against intruders.
More home doors are locked. The old breezy reception of strangers is contracting. Assault is accepted as a normal risk.
Even in suburban areas and small towns, people often do not feel secure in their own homes because of mounting crime and violence.
Thus, even in “free” countries large segments of the population live as though they were being besieged by an enemy army. Really, then, how free are persons who have to live like that?
Freedom in school elusive
Throughout the world, high schools, colleges and even grade schools are plagued by disorders. Students who want to proceed with their education are at times denied that freedom by the disruption.
In many countries, some schools have been shut down for long periods because of protests and rioting.
In one city a band of about twenty youths invaded a high school during classes. They tied two teachers to their chairs and taped their mouths shut.
The youths then harangued students with political tirades. In another instance, a group of demonstrators was invited into the school to discuss grievances.
While the talks were in progress, several of the group went into classrooms and told the children to go home.
In many other instances, teachers have been assaulted, students intimidated, classes broken up. In one city, it is reported; teachers are so terrified that three out of four now carry guns to class!
Without a doubt many student protesters are genuinely disgusted with the horrible conditions in the world. They see injustices, prejudice, poverty, war, and they are indignant.
Yet, other students also feel incensed at these things but do not choose to resort to disruption or violence. They want to be able to continue their education.
So when the forms of redressing grievances disrupt classes or result in violence and injury, is this not an interference with the freedom of other students? Is it freedom when teachers quit out of fear?
Economic freedom elusive
The economic situation also works against freedom in many cases today. For example, is everyone really free to do work that he wants and enjoys?
How many people do you know who actually have the kind of work that brings them genuine satisfaction?
Is it not a fact that people more often work at what they can get, or what pays better, rather than at what they really like?
Even those who may prefer a certain trade sometimes find themselves unable to use it because of various policies of management or labor unions. Is this freedom?
Also, how free are you even to breathe fresh air? Million tons of pollutants are now spewed into the air each year, most of it potentially lethal gases.
Large corporations continue to pollute the air even when there are laws against it.
They merely pay the fine, which is usually small, and go right on polluting. Is endangering the health of others not a perversion of freedom?
Freedom at sports events elusive
When one baseball team won the title in their division, their fans rejoiced. But then what happened?
The New York Times reported:
The Shea Stadium playing field looked like the pock-marked surface of the moon yesterday. But no American flag was flying, because it had been stolen. In fact, almost everything not tacked down was snatched by rampaging fans.”
The head grounds keeper said in disbelief:
I've never seen damage to a field to this extent. From 1,000 to 1,500 feet of the sod on the playing field was ripped out, taken as “souvenirs” by the crowd. And the field was littered with papers and cans.”
Does freedom mean that one has the right to seize and destroy the property of others?
If your neighbor ripped out your lawn, defaced the walls of your house, smashed the windows and stole your furniture, would you regard these actions as expressions of freedom? Or would you regard them as criminal acts?
Freedoms have to be within a framework of law and order
True freedom does not mean the absence of laws that are right and beneficial. To enjoy freedom safely it must be within the framework of law.
The universe is kept in marvelous harmony by the laws in operation. These laws work for the good of humans.
For instance, do you feel oppressed by gravity? It keeps you from flying off the earth to certain death. It enables you to move about without the constant strain of weightlessness.
However, what if you were to deliberately ignore the law of gravity and jump from a high building? You would fall to your death or be severely injured.
You cannot ignore these laws without paying a penalty. Yet, when you work within their framework, you reap the benefits.
If there were no laws to govern the universe, nature would be in anarchy. Human life would soon be extinguished.
How grateful we should be for these dependable laws!
Because of them we know that the sun will come up each day. The earth will continue in its proper orbit, with proper tilt and rotation.
Humans cannot liberate themselves from laws. They either enjoy freedoms within their law bounds, or ignore them, to their own hurt.