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CHAPTER THREE - FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY
***FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY***
Freedom is one of the "cornerstones" of the perfect society, such as
the freedom to be secure, the freedom to be safe from victimization,
the freedom to be "all that a person can be", etc., etc., etc..
However it must also be said, that in order to have freedom there is
the individual contribution that each individual MUST make toward
his/her own freedom. That "individual contribution" is personal
responsibility. Personal freedom, in a society of two or more
individuals, is acquired with the "price" of personal responsibility.
Without responsibility there can be no true freedom, because there is
no true freedom if a person can be subject to victimization from
his/her irresponsible neighbor. It is only by each person accepting
and performing his/her responsibility toward others, by making the
prime committment not to violate his/her neighbors right not to be
victimized, that "true freedom" can be achieved among people.
Thus, personal responsibility is the other "cornerstone" of a perfect
society, that is, the 2 cornerstones are personal freedom and personal
Whenever there are 2 or more persons, in order to get freedom for
him/her self and for others, one has to behave responsibly. Personal
responsibility thus gives "birth" to personal freedom. "Responsibility
begets freedom" should be a very simple, easy to understand principle.
However, if an individual found him/her self to be alone in existence,
then he/she would first have "freedom", because he/she could then act
in any way he/she so chooses without considering any others.
In that "only one in existence" case, it could be said that freedom
(1st) would then beget responsibility (2nd), but once a person is no
longer alone in existence, his/her behavior WILL effect others, it is
then personal responsibility (1st) which begets personal freedom (2nd).
Although *individual* responsibility is a "cornerstone" of a perfect
society, there also are other responsibilities that flow from "personal
For example, it is groups of individuals who will decide the actions of
corporate identities, so there also is "corporate responsibility". And
lastly, because society is a collection of individuals, there also is a
collective "society responsibility" which flows from "personal"
"True freedom" is the result from the total of those three
responsibilities, that is, (1) personal/individual, (2) corporate, and
...Personal..= one individual making decisions for him/her self.
...Corporate = more than one related or non-related individuals
...............joined together in a group by common goals.
...Society...= elected or appointed position which must consider
...............the best interests of all earth humans when
...............arriving at decisions.
REMOVING SOME ARGUMENTS AGAINST "OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES":
I acknowledge that it could easily be argued that "society" is just
another type of "corporate" responsibility, therefore, there could only
be two responsibilities, that is, personal and corporate.
It could then be further argued that all "corporate" responsibility is
simply a collection of "individual" responsibilities, so there really
is only one type of responsibility, that is, personal responsibility.
In simple terms, both of those arguments may seem to be true arguments.
"OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES" HAVE ADDED DIMENSIONS:
But, corporate responsibility has *added* dimensions from individual
responsibility, and society responsibility has *added* dimensions from
both corporate and individual responsibility. Also, for the purpose of
teaching someone "how to express" the full range of his/her individual
responsibility, it is simpler to explore "responsibility" within those
three areas, that is, personal, corporate, and society.
For example, a reasonable reader should be able to comprehend that
although it is an individual's responsibility to do no harm to someone
else, there could be an occasion when it might be necessary for some
individuals (jury) to find a person guilty of crime, while someone else
(judge) might have to sentence that criminal to death, and still
another individual (society executioner) might have to execute that
person who chose to be anti-society, because all of those scenarios are
*added* "society-responsibilities", made necessary by society's mandate
to protect innocent people from being victimized.
"Personal" responsibility has different aspects, because various
situations require *additional* individual responsibilities. It could
be said that individual responsibility never diminishes, but it does
sometimes increase, depending upon one's role. So, in a sense
"personal/individual" responsibility is simply the base from which
corporate and society responsibilities are built upon.
A "family" is a group of related (by blood or legal ties) individuals
who are joined together by necessity (for young children) and choice
(by those who are older) and who choose to acknowledge their ties to
each other. It is ideal if "families" have common goals, but even when
their goals are different, their "family" ties could still remain, but
they would probably be diminished.
Also, "family responsibility" involves corporate and society, as well
as individual, aspects. Indeed, individual and family responsibilities
can still be fully achieved even when they are done within the context
of corporate and society responsibilities.
In other words, it is in the best interests of both individuals and
families that a society mandate of non-victimization also be presented
as the primary objective of families and individuals. In a perfect
society, "Honesty is the best policy" is not just a society charge, but
it will be an individual and a family objective as well.
In fact, honesty is NOT just the *best* policy, it is the *only* policy
that will ensure an effective, efficient, productive, prosperous,
fulfilling, civilized, and successful earth human society!