Thursday, December 11, 2014

Order vs. Freedom

Order and freedom are two main components of a healthy society, but I think a balance of the two is very hard to maintain. Across the Earth, countries struggle with government overpowering the citizens or the citizens overpowering the government. In light of current events, I don't think it would be accurate to say that America has got it down-pat. With tragic events in Ferguson, MO and New York City occurring, citizens have erupted with anger because they know that their freedoms have been taken away. In present day America, I think order is dominant over freedom. While I can't complain about my personal freedom, many people can't walk down a street in our country without being scrutinized by cops whom are trying to maintain "order".

Author of The Crucible, Arthur Miller writes, “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.” I do agree with Arthur Miller in this sense. As an imperfect species, I don't see humans ever being able to maintain a healthy balance in society between order and freedom, or perhaps my place in evolution is making it seem that way.

Another example of order being dominant over freedom in America is several cases where citizens have been told to get rid of vegetable gardens in their front lawns. Big corporations would love for everybody to rely on them for their poor quality food products, so when "radicals" promote ways around this, of course the "order" needs to be kept, so something is done to stop the radical ways of being. There will always be people in charge of the order in society, and they are going to be selfish. Hopefully a new system will be thought up one day, but until then, the people must stand up for themselves like we have all witnessed in recent days past.

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