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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Friday, February 18, 2011

Freedom is Golden

Friedrich Nietzsche said, "Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves." The true test of freedom is the fabric of society that is created by freedom. The fabric formed will have cultural insets, faith insets, philosophical insets and moral insets. The fabric, life's reality, contains, plurality and change, faith and structure.



The fabric of society involves the interaction and exchange of ideas, hence the plurality and a world of possibility. "The real world is in a state of becoming. Reason attempts to establish unity, as well as identity, duration, cause, materiality, and being. Reality, however, is a state of transformation, change, disunity, plurality, and becoming."


Morality is subsequently thrown into this mixture, as one that is becoming, being transformed, changing with the cultural influences placed upon it by the interaction and exchange of principles.


Freedom is then determined by the moral attitude of the culture, what is acceptable and what is not.
Thomas Jefferson “Self-interest, or rather self-love, or egoism, has been more plausibly substituted as the basis of morality.” As per the previous posts the selfish intent of defining morality in personal terms to enhance freedoms is at odds with a wholesome societal view to a functioning and secure environment. Although it may be argued that any assurance of security while living in a free society is an absurdity, there must still exist a limiting and accountable system of ensuring both exist simultaneously. "Morality cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless." Martin Luther King

Freedom does not mean the denial of one’s impulses and instincts, but neither does it mean having to rely on them or give in to them.  Freedom is gained by mastery of the instinct for happiness, pleasure and satisfaction. Basically a morality is formed, a structure of acceptable, compliant behaviour governing my interactions with my neighbours. Morality is comprised of a strong sense of self-negation and self-denial. In many ways this an instrument of subjugation and oppression, but the subjugation is in the denial and is less harmful on the whole than the satisfaction gained in being free to act upon an impulse. The oppression suffered is now my choice and is a result of a decision to not act and to affirm anther's right to live freely as well.
First, 'do no harm'; second, 'do unto ... as you would have.'


The absolute rule of what is just, fair, what promotes peace, what satisfies the commandments of God, what satisfies not only the letter of the Law, but the intent as well, what does not infringe upon anothers' liberties is contained in the Golden Rule. Yes we are constrained by this rule, but, our inalienable rights as people are never infringed upon by this injunction.

The Golden Rule acts independently of any moral exigency. Obedience to the Golden Rule is within every one's power to submit, you are only doing what you would do for yourself in that given situation.
'Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

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