Freedom, a concept of the last few centuries. Can we imagine her? Can we concretize it, translate it into one concept that is inseparable for us from freedom? What exactly is "freedom" for us?
"Life" (Michal Suplinčák). That was the first reaction when I asked several people the question "what is freedom for you". Opportunity to live your way as I want. This is freedom for one in five people who have been asked a question.
"Space" (Jaroslav Kaucký). That was the second reaction. Unlimited space for movement and thinking, the absence of borders - both in the physical and spiritual world.
"Freedom" (Barbora Vondrová). The third reaction. The fact that no one is telling you anything, that you can do everything your way, that no one is interfering in your decision-making.
The fourth (Lukáš Kubec) and fifth (Kristián Konzál) answers were identical - "unlimited".
Only once has it been explained as "unlimited possibilities in human action, but unlimited responsibility" and a second time as an example on the road (the author is very interested in cars): "for example, unlimited behavior on the roads, unlimited speed, , so you pay everything and you are automatically guilty. And you won't settle for the rest of your life. "
Five people. Four words, five explanations.
But does it not happen by chance, according to the above explanations, that "life" = "space" = "freedom" = "infinity" = "freedom"?
All five "explanations" have one thing in common, and that is that they presuppose the existence of an object and a subject (you and a third person, an observer) and presuppose some kind of "Freedom" - that the subject does not interfere with the building. That no one is interfering in your life, that no one is setting the boundaries for the knowledge that no one is talking to you about anything, no one else's unlimited possibilities, unlimited behavior in the "road traffic" of the world.
Five views, five different but the same views on freedom. For something so imaginary, exaggerated, transcendent. Five different opinions that actually say the same thing.
Ask yourself - what is freedom for you? And why? Write it down on paper. Think about it and try to "squeeze" the roughest outline of your explanation out of it. Don't you happen to come to the same opinion in the end?
It is interesting to see how five people, most of whom do not know each other, can agree on things that are not publicly discussed. It is proof that freedom is natural to man. One does not need to "learn" its definition, one can automatically say "what freedom is." He will say it differently than everyone else, for example, but he will say the same as everyone else.
Freedom is also often associated with another word - responsibility. Can you tell us what the responsibility is? I believe so. Most of you will think that responsibility is something like "that we can accept the consequences of our actions."
However, if we are limited in our actions and behavior, we can always find a third culprit for our actions. Someone we "blame". You will not kill someone because you are limited by law. The law is the "culprit" for not killing someone. After World War II, the Nazis defended themselves by imposing accusations on them by merely "carrying out orders."
It is natural - only a highly morally strong and at the same time internally free person can be fully responsible. If society is free as a whole (without the freedom of all, there is no individual freedom), it will also be responsible. She will respond responsibly to issues that affect her as a whole.
It will take a responsible approach to global climate change, a responsible approach to poverty and other global issues. So in freedom, the key is to solve the biggest difficulties. The growing statism, where the state is increasingly interfering in the life of society (manifested mainly in the US and Europe) goes completely against the above statements. It is therefore quite logical that the Copenhagen summit turned into the "Circus Humberto", with China (where there can be no talk of freedom), the USA (where the power of the federal government increases dramatically under Barack Obama) and the EU (where centralizes power in EU offices, which are often not elected bodies and whose regulations strongly interfere with the functioning of the market).
Until individual governments and centers of power realize that by liberating people, institutions, companies, and society in general from the ever-expanding influence of the state, by stepping away from current statism, increasing the responsibility of the individual, we cannot find common ground on global issues.
Individuals form a whole, details form size. The freedom and responsibility of the individual also constitute the freedom and responsibility of society as a whole.