Friday, December 12, 2014

Order Vs. Freedom

In a society where freedom is boasted, we are still trying to find order today. Freedom is much easier to find today than it was 100+ years ago, and while much order has been established, some sectors of order are still developing. Order may still justify and control our society, but it is a system that has not yet been perfected. Many people look at order in America as in the hands of sane people, while others may argue that those with authority in order are the opposite. The truth is, no amount of perfect order can be attained, based on my view of order. But many freedoms are available in a mostly privileged country like America.

When considering order, groups of people are divided regionally to set up justice systems that are created to maintain order. America's example of this is in its government. We have local systems of government, state government, and national government. It is important that we find a balance between them.

In state/local governments, it is important to set up a system that protects the freedoms of those living in that specific region. For example, Idaho might have specific regulations about potato cultivation whereas Illinois has specific regulations regarding farming corn. State government needs to address the needs of the entire state, while local government needs to address the needs of the specific town/city.

In national government, they must have laws that are account for the entire country. Examples of this are laws against murder, robbery, most human faux pas. They laws are designed to protect freedom and keep order. But there are times when national government confronts state government, where some laws don't match certain freedoms, or keep certain order. This is seen in modern society with the question of the legalization of marijuana, gay marriage, and countless other freedoms. An example of modern day orders include, the NSA's function (telephone and computer monitoring), the outlaw of recording police in Illinois, and many others.
But what we should really consider, is how much each of these freedoms will affect order, or how much of these orders will affect our freedom. Once this is considering, we must question ourselves to find out when it may be necessary to protect freedom, and when it may be necessary to maintain order.

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