Jeff Morris on How Restrictions Set Us Free

In countries as rich in character and beauty, as the US, and Canada, it should be second nature to cherish freedom, and in a spirit of enduring thankfulness, easy to promote our neighbour. Yet, as of late, the media bombards us with stories of hate. This makes me wonder if we are losing sight of what it means to be free, and whether or we are taking this great gift of freedom for granted.

Western countries are wonderfully diverse, built on a solid democratic foundation, and Christian principles, where education, and old-fashioned work ethic, remain valuable qualities. Historically, Americans are the first to step in and help another nation when injustices occur, and Canadians seem to lead the world in being apologetic. These are intrinsically humble qualities, and yet mass shootings, and senseless violence are on the rise.

One of the best ways to think about difficult questions, like what it means to be free, is to consider the concept in light of the most popular definitions of freedom to see whether these definitions stand up, or if they need to be revised.  In the west, relativist freedom has gained a footing. Most of us know the usual argument which goes something like: ‘Freedom is relative to the person, so I am free to do whatever I want, and you are free to do whatever you want.’

At first blush, it looks like the relativist has built his house on the rocks, but the foundation crumbles quickly. The reason is easy to see, for if everyone is free to do what they want, then hate and violence would simply be the free expression of some person. Clearly, encouraging people to have the freedom to be violent and hateful, won’t solve the problems we face.

Once the relativist house starts to wobble, the social engineer might reinforce it by adding more pieces. For example, you might hear the age-old caveat: ‘Freedom is relative to the person, as long as they are not hurting anyone.’ With a little bit of refinement, it looks like the relativist has succeeded, but alas, he has contradicted himself. In one sentence he has encouraged us to rebuild whatever we want, while at the same time he explains that we are not allowed to build certain things.

Of course, I agree with the person who says we should not hurt people, but that’s because I believe hurting people is wrong, and therefore, freedom is not relative.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeff Morris