Friday, December 12, 2014

Order vs. Freedom

Arthur Miller eloquently states that, “It is still impossible for man to organize his social life without repressions, and the balance has yet to be struck between order and freedom.” The issue of order vs. freedom in society today is extremely controversial because perfection is unattainable and there will always be dissatisfaction. Due to this dissatisfaction, Arthur Miller is justified in his claims. 

In America today, the balance between these two paradoxical forces continues to be debated. While some argue that freedom is nonexistent, I believe that America exemplifies an appropriate, yet not perfect balance of order and freedom. This is apparent in our Bill of Rights, listing our natural freedoms; right to vote, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion.  All over the world, countries experience little to no freedom.  At dinner tonight, my grandparents told me stories about their exposure to extreme order in the Philippines throughout their childhood. They described watching someone being hung by his thumbs in the town plaza in front of everyone because he stole an iron. This is a prime example of when order obliterates freedom and creates an unjust system. 

In conclusion, America allows a balance to exist between the two, in order to have a workable society. In radical proportions of each, order and freedom would eventually lead to chaos either way.

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