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Freedom vs Security

Did you know that the Grand Inquisitor, a character in the book by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, put Jesus, our savior, our lord, our God, in prison just because he gave too much freedom to the people? The basis of the story is that Jesus is born again in the modern times and is curing all the problems of the people and giving them the choice to live their life as they desire. So thus he is put in jail by the The grand Inquisitor for such actions. The Inquisitor argues that there are rules and laws put into society that allow people to live a safe and secure life, and the price they pay is freedom. Nobody wants to make a choice and end up in the wrong place. The grand inquisitor says that people don’t want the responsibility of making a choice, and want others to make the choice, thus the church and the government is created to make laws and rules so that when something goes wrong, there is someone to blame instead of the person who committed the wrong doing. It’s crazy, but if you really think about it, The grand inquisitor is right. People can’t take a loss, and they will try to find someone or something to blame. It is the human condition, and back then, or in the story itself, the church took responsibility and people lived happily and securely. Now does this limit the people from greater potential? Doctors are still being made, and there are people who are crazy successful due to their hard work. I would say that there is still limitations, but today’s generation has a greater potential of being much successful than the previous. This is due to the fact that more and more people are willing to take risks just to be successful and provide for their family. There shouldn’t be any limitation for freedom because if there are more rules and control over the people, there is always a possibility that people will not reach their potential. On YouTube, I recently came across a video where a 14 year old is addressing a speech. In that speech he illustrates something that will always stay with me forever. He said that if he puts Michael Jordan next to himself for a shooting contest, and in that contest Michael Jordan is only holding the ball and the 14 year old is shooting. The question here is who is the better player? He says “I am the better player here” because he took the shot and Jordan didn’t. He’s not saying he’s better than Michael Jordan at basketball, but at that moment and at that particular contest, he has a better shot of winning just because he was willing to shoot and Michael wasn’t. It is simply fascinating to think about all the people in the world who didn’t take their “shot” and how many people lost their dream job or life just because they didn’t take their shot. Now to answer the main question, no there shouldn’t be a “too much freedom”. But control on the other hand should play a role when safety is the concern. There are people who would do terrible things to get what they want, and that would impact the society in a negative way. Their way of success is unnatural. That’s where the justice system should come in and all the rules and laws should take effect. As long as there are people who are growing with good intentions for the society, the freedom they receive should be limitless. Now people might be thinking that this is an impossible way to keep track of who does what to get where they are, and they are absolutely right. So that is why freedom is unlimited, but not the control. Control has it’s own power and there is no such thing as too much control when it comes to the current laws. There are stop signs put in for safety, and lanes on the road for organization, and as long as those rules are followed no one is hurt. There are many cases where bad never gets caught and the good suffers instead. It’s the life we live in and until the right leadership is set in, there is no true change that will automatically happen. If each person chooses to do the right thing, then there will be no need for rules. Freedom will forever be unlimited, but rules change as people change, that is the fact of life.
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