Freedom is more important for many people than security because it affords endless possibilities in life. A nation where citizens are free to chose their careers, their homes and jobs is profitable and content. A less secure nation involves risk, but at least it has the potential to develop intellectually. I personally would rather have the choice to make my own decisions, I can also obtain my own security through hard work.
Without freedom, high security runs the risk of eroding into fascism or a totalitarian state. Slaves in America lived in a fairly secure environment, but lacked freedom. What kind of life is this? A free society comes with inherent risks. However, it is better to be free and potentially unsafe, rather than to be secure and oppressed.
Freedom trumps "security" in my opinion because of two reasons. 1) Pragmatically, if people are free, they are able to create their own safety freely, with NO restriction. 2) On a personally philosophical level, freedom is simply an inherent value and, if you want to use the term, "right."
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
If you're in prison, you're safer but have a lot less freedom. Anyone want to voluntarily incarcerate themselves?
we can create security within freedom. Why not have both, rather than just one?
Using the logic that Freedom < Security, we should just lock all of us up in rooms, and feed us. There. Completely safe, and secure.
Lose freedoms for security, what's next? Everyone WILL BE Atheist because we don't won't anyone hating others due to religion. Everyone WILL LISTEN to Heavy Metal because it makes you work out your anger issues in a better way. Everyone WILL ONLY watch the Tennessee Titans because it is the ONLY football team that matters and then no fights will break out. Having no choice would make the WORLD so much better. ---
Security is an illusion. If you take these steps then no one will be able to get through? Until the one that DOES. Saying that, it doesn't mean we shouldn't take certain steps to make sure a door is closed in a movie theater.
Leading a life with security but without freedom is simply life not worth living. For instance, let's say you were a person who was confined in a room where you were to never go outside or ever feel the grass beneath your feet again because it simply wouldnt be "secure/safe". What effects would this have on a person? Depression, suicidal thoughts...
This is simply the reason why "secure" individuals like princesses or well protected young mistresses long for freedom. Long to know the feeling of being independent and being able to do what you want(given that it is legal of course).
People can do lots of things, but one thing we can never do is live a life without freedom...
While security is essential, it exists to keep a person's freedoms safe(thus holding freedoms in higher regard). The purpose of freedom is to act accordingly when something for security purposes steps a boundary that shouldn't be crossed. It acts as a check by individuals towards the government for when laws start to infringe on the unalianable freedoms all individuals should have.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
― Benjamin Franklin
“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
― Thomas Jefferson