If you're in prison, you're safer but have a lot less freedom. Anyone want to voluntarily incarcerate themselves?
To dear people who had chose the right column,
Please read the book 'The Giver.'
Would you like to live in a place like that? By the way, security isn't guaranteed. Everyday the government says "We'll make sure that our citizens will be safe .. Blah blah blah..."
However, are we indeed safe? The answer is "NO!"
Believe it or or we are being tricked into giving up our freedom. We are safer now than we have ever been but our preception is of a dangerous world; manufactured by those who would like to relieve us of our rights. Don't fall for it! It is all a ruse.
When the govt starts regulating every aspect of our lives then we should know that there's something wrong. Absolute power corrupts, so we shouldn't let them watch us make every move.
I think at first it was tolerable but since the news of the PRISM project things are getting way out of line.
If we aren't even free to write what we want without the risk of being prosecuted then where is our right of freedom of speech. The govt exists to serve its people, not to rule over them.
Besides we wouldn't need all that security if the govt. Stopped fcking up the other countries.
When doing a some research everyone can point out that the federal reserve is to blame for most of the western problems, their actions have only been for self enrichment and they do not care about anyone else, they just want the govt to start more wars so they can loan them more money which the American people can repay with their tax money.
Danger is a constant, we will never live in a world in which some someone or something isn't out to get the proverbial "us". Freedom, however, is something that was and continues to be fought for; it is an exceptional and unique gift that must be preserved at all costs.
"Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither." If you don't like guns, consider the fact that Stalin, Hitler and Mao didn't like guns in the hands of rebels either, neither did the British empire. Compliance with tyranny is the same beast as tyranny, rule by fear never works, eventually, people everywhere will tire of being afraid all the time.
I was born during nazism and lived in communism. Total "security", secret police, keeping mouth shut and looking over the shoulder being watched all the time. We were told what to eat, how to dress, how to think, individual accomplishments and initiatives were punished as nonconformance, and anything beyond bare survival was rationed by the govt. The "useful idiots" that voted for the system and sacrificed the freedom for such "security" will be the first to be sacrificed by the oppressive government. If you don't believe me look up the history: Stalin executed the whole parliament that brought him to power when it opposed his dictatorship, Hitler executed the whole top of the SA (brown shirts) after he did not need them. Wake up America.
"Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
-Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
We should heed the words of one of our Founding Fathers. Besides, the United States was created because they loved freedom more than protection. That was why the Revolutionary War happened in the first place. Having said that, security is important as well. We should try to find a way to be secure without compromising our freedoms.
By allowing yourself to give up what this country was built on, you're contradicting the entire point of why we founded America. Yes, of course safety is a very important thing to have in life, however, when a country has it's safety taken away, instead of pushing to gain it back, they push even harder to maintain the freedom they have. Without the freedom we have, we would have nothing to try and keep safe.
Life is a very intriguing thing. No one knows where it came from, or why it exists, but nonetheless, it still exists. We humans are the most complex, and sentient lifeform on this planet. For millenia, we have debated and argued about the meaning of life, and what we should do about it. And still we have no answer.
But for me and many other people, life has no meaning and so you should create one yourself. The great Descartes said so himself. The more you think about it, you'll discover that life is a journey. You get to choose your own choices, and decide what you want to be, and it's great. But you'll also have to take the consequences of your own actions and more than often, get confused by what you want to be, and most importantly, who you are. But still, life is great.
Freedom of choice and actions is not a privilege, not a right, it's life itself. Every person born on this planet should be granted freedom, it's their life, and their moment on earth.
If you think having all your freedoms you could ever want with limited security would be amazing, you should just stop talking and log off this site. Your gonna wake up with all your freedoms until some other country comes and takes you over. Now you have no freedom's and at the moment your enslaved or dead.
My reasoning are as fallows:
1)Take away your pride and see that we are safe in the little net the government gives us
2) Lose someone you care about and then tell me freedom is greater than security
As H.L. Mencken once said “The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.”
If you get rid of security, there would be no laws around security. No laws means that people could go around the streets killing any one they wanted to and harming people. It would be anarchy. 100% freedom would still be limited because you can never be truly 'free'. There will always be obstacles in the way to stop complete freedom. Ergo, ben is gay
A small amount of safety is not worth any amount of a loss of liberty. Remember German history from the 1930's. If you don't remember, read. The liberties and freedoms of the German people were taken small bits at a time in a way that they could agree with having more safety, until, they had neither.
Freedom was earned back when the United States of America was created. Therefore, we must keep what we have earned by organizing the nation and keeping its citizens safe. Security ensures a safe freedom that all can enjoy. Take the Middle East for instance. Riots and violence crowd the streets just because of the rights the people cannot obtain. If the Middle East took the time to secure policies and its people,then freedom would be achieved.
I often here this brought up, but the problem is that security is basically designed to ensure that one can practice basic freedoms. If we have no security, then people can harm us when we practice our freedoms. A certain amount of security is necessary for freedom. As such, I consider security marginally more important than freedom, /especially/ since when this argument is brought up, it usually involves a small amount of freedom and a great deal of security. Obviously one must analyze the trade-off closely.
Freedom is worthless if you wake up the slave of another country, or if you never wake up at all but die because you were foolish enough not to do what was needed to be done.
After the serious events of 9/11, we, as a nation, need to realize that we are not immune to attacks on our people. The thousands of people that died in the terrorist attacks could have been avoided, with proper security. It is understandable that this idea should not be taken too far, but it is a priority. As a nation, we do not appear to be well-liked worldwide, even if we attempt to provide international assistance.
Without safety there is no freedom. Freedom comes when people know they are safe. If they feel unsafe, they will not feel free. Would you go out into the world not knowing that atanytime you could be attacked or killed? Safety could detect these things and help us to defeat the fear we have as humans in this contemporary society!
If we didn’t have set rules and regulations we would basically become an anarchist society. This would be a mess. No rulers to enforce laws and complete freedom equals absolute chaos. For example, if you are driving a car and there’s no rules just fun what could happen? The amount of accidents and deaths would be at an all time high. Insurance companies are therefore forced to raise their rates. Young people who shouldn’t even be sitting shotgun would be putting their lives and innocent people on the road at risk. Not to mention the drunk drivers. There are reasons why rules are set in place. They’re in direct correlation to citizens mistakes. That’s why intoxicated people receive a ticket to discourage their dangerous behavior.