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Freedom is not the lack of constraint, but the exercise of responsibility. Discuss.

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Freedom is not the lack of constraint, but the exercise of responsibility. Discuss Freedom can be described in a number of different ways and there are also many different types of freedom. The title "Freedom is not the lack of constraint, but the exercise of responsibility," asks you if freedom is having the ability to do anything that you wish or having the control and responsibility of the world around them so that you feel no need for freedom because you are in control and you are the dictator. The description of freedom in the dictionary is "The absence of necessity or constraint in choice or action," this is a good grounding to start with. There is also another quote that I think is relevant. ...read more.

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This brings us to the topic of rules and boundaries. In modern society we have rules and laws so that everyone can be as free as possible without affecting anybody else's lives. As well as choices being made for us as a democracy, this system also requires us to take on responsibility so that we don't break the law. Many people would say that this is not free, but I think that if you are happy with that lifestyle then you are free. A lack of constraint means that you can not do everything that you want. In a perfect world this would be fine, but we don't live in a perfect world. ...read more.

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Just admit you are willing to use force to get the kind of life you want. All springs from understanding that you are fulfilling your own will, that is all. Freedom comes from our desires and our willingness to kill/imprison/force anyone who disagrees. This leads back to the ideology that if man is placed under extreme circumstances, it can release mans evil intentions. In the end, I think that freedom is not just about being able to make your own choices, but it is also about the responsibility to make yourself happy. If we take the responsibility of making sure that our own "freedom" is achieved, it may lead to harsh circumstances. I believe that if we can achieve our own personal happiness realistically rather than utopia, then we can still be free allowing others to be free as well. Sam Coates 10T ...read more.

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