Post Number:#16 June 10th, 2012, 1:01 pm
True. So long as your actions in accordance with what you believe to be right are within the legal boundaries of the law. One can not go 'round murdering others just because they don't like 'em. Or stealing from others just because one is too lazy to work for ones own. So if you are talking about the freedom to go 'round doing just anything one wants to do, with total disregard for how ones actions affect others and their freedoms; yes in that sense we are slaves. And yes, there are laws that also govern 'how' we live. For example, one can not go around in public urinating and defecating just anytime or anywhere one wants to. So again, no, we can not go around doing just anything we want to do. Although I agree that, in many ways, the government does step across a fine line in limiting our freedoms, I disagree that we are in anyway 'slaves'. For example, in my personal opinion, if someone wants to fry their brains out on drugs, that is no one else business. But it becomes my business, and the governments business, when the rest of us have to pay for the medical, and possibly even the burial bills. And you speak of 'our own moral purpose'. May I remind you, that there are those who believe it is 'moral' to strap bombs on themselves, and go out and blow themselves and others up? Then what has happened to the freedoms of those they blew up? Where is their 'essense of freedom'? Most laws are in no way necessarily meant to take away our individual freedom, but to protect every individual, and society as a whole, from ourselves and each other.