Liberty

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A noun, seven-letter word, three syllables defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary in the following way: Plural liberties
1: the quality or state of being free
a: the power to do as one pleases
b: freedom from physical restraint
c: freedom from arbitrary or despotic control
d: the positive enjoyment of various social, political or economic rights and privileges
e: the power of choice
The definition begins with being free this is why the word liberty is seldom heard, freedom has become synonymous although it is not. They continue with “the power to do as one pleases”. Now I would have to disagree with that as there is no power just ability and to do as one pleases is also incorrect because liberty has limits. Their definition doesn’t recognize that liberty extends and ends where the life of another person is impacted, we don’t have the power to kill anyone as we please. Those limits are understood as and classified as God and Nature’s Law.
We could spend time covering the other definitions but I’d like to focus on two points, one that being free and freedom are in three of the top number one definitions and then c: freedom from arbitrary or despotic control is worth discussion. This definition is not only correct but insightful as it talks about arbitrary, despotic and control. All of these are elements of tyranny and its proponents. This shapes the definition of liberty in a different light; that of good to tyranny’s evil.
The definition of rightful liberty as defined by Thomas Jefferson is:
Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.
So, given the chance with all due respect to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and in light of Thomas Jefferson’s insightful definition. I think it is a complex concept that one must understand if one is to embrace it as a value so I would humbly suggest the following.
1. The inalienable right to pursue happiness by choices that harm or diminish no other.
a: The right to do as one wishes as long as it hurts no other.
b: The responsibility to live with the consequences of our choices.
Let us start here to discuss the comparison to the definitions above and Thomas Jefferson’s terms of rightful liberty, the quality or state of being free as compared to the suggestion above. Their definition suggests that being free is synonymous with pursuing liberty I do not agree. It doesn’t state where liberty comes from, its limitations in regards to others and the responsibility for the consequences of our choices and actions. All of these plus tolerance for anyone to practice true liberty must understand that the right to make choices is universal and although we may not agree we must respect our fellow man or woman to live life as they see fit. We are not to be judged or to judge others, that is not our place nor our right.
So, liberty is a responsibility for we are left with the consequences of our choices and actions. The pursuit of happiness is universal the actual attaining of that goal will vary according to circumstances and individual choices. The limitation is not only tolerance but respect for our fellow beings as we claim that life and liberty are a gift from our Creator. Lastly, no one has the authority to usurp our liberty or impose tyranny upon us, our rights are inalienable.
Because Liberty therefore is the foundation of freedom, Liberty is greater than freedom the pursuit of which will create the circumstances where rightful freedom is possible. Without true Righteous Liberty freedom is an illusion a false sense of security. We have allowed our liberties to be trampled over the centuries since our inception in the Declaration of Independence. It is our duty to ensure its existence against the despots, tyrants and all who would seek control over others.

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