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Safety or freedom? Which is more important and why?
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Posted 5/19/08 , edited 5/20/08
We all give up freedom to act with impunity in some ways for safety (among other things) by living in a society with rules, i.e. murdering, stealing, being fully naked in public, walking into any building, etc. The truth is that, regardless of the existence of consequences for our actions, we still have the freedom to act even if we do not have the freedom to actualize any possibility. I choose safety when it's taken to mean rules that restrict others from harming me. It's really not as simple as choosing one or the other, though...

It amuses me that so many people automatically associate safety with negativity and freedom with positivity when most of them wouldn't even be able to survive if there weren't any rules. This insistence upon having freedom also suggests that people think of current forms of "safety" as natural and not really restricting, when they are actually artificial and limiting whether we like it or not. We have been encouraged to think of freedom strictly in terms of comparisons with other countries (every country likes to think it sets the real standard), but just think about how many rules any given country has in place itself.
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Posted 5/19/08
whats the point in living if you only merely exist?
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Whatever's the best tactical decision
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27 / M / Los Angeles, Cali...
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FREEDOM

it is the greatest gift of the gods, and in norse mythology, freedom is given by the watchman of the gods and guardian of the rainbow bridge . the one who keeps you safe also grants you your freedom, i find it ironic
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29 / F / the great NYC
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safety is extremely important however different people have different ideas of safety and freedom. i do not want to live in some big brother type world bc someone says its safe...and there are always people who want to kill others in the name of freedom, however i LOVE my freedom so i will go with that.
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Posted 5/20/08
Without freedom life is miserable, but without safety we won't live too long to enjoy our freedom. But if we're safe we have the opportunity to be free, and if we're free we have the opportunity to create or go to a safe environment.

I guess overall I'd prefer the safety to be free rather than the freedom to be safe.
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27 / M / Bangalore,India
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Posted 5/20/08
safety.But I dont want to live in a controlled society either.I need a little freedom but dont want to be shot by kids with easy access to machine guns because of 'free laws'
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28 / F / somewhere in this...
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safety. coz safety would lead to certain freedom. even though it's not whole. like it's safer to have sex with condoms. u can still enjoy sex later on. if u got pregnant u have to suffer for quite a time...or maybe led u to death..
Posted 5/20/08
safefty comes first as long as the situation is secured then you can go on with the next step which is aquiring freedom.
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28 / M / the 650
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well i know all the teenagers here will say "freedom especially from my parents!" lol
but even so i would pick freedom. safety is fine and all but pretty much a lot safety laws such as seatbelts or whatever are like common sense. if people just used their heads a little you wouldnt die so easily. if its safety from like a terrorist attack, i dont think they can actually predict when an attack would occur even if they wiretapped every phone in the world cuz there will always be new technology created to overcome the old technology >.<
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21 / F / UNITED KINGDOM!!....
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Posted 5/20/08
safety is always first...freedom comes in second...i think???i dnt know!!
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Iijima88 wrote:

safety. coz safety would lead to certain freedom. even though it's not whole. like it's safer to have sex with condoms. u can still enjoy sex later on. if u got pregnant u have to suffer for quite a time...or maybe led u to death..


yes, safety certainly does lead to a certain freedom. the freedom of not having to worry about the wicked world one bit as your reality becomes a room with padded walls and sedation. enjoy..............
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Posted 5/22/08
how can you have freedom without safety? like supposing u are stuck in a room n theres a guard outside.... first u must defeat the guard or something.... if u dun,u might get injured n locked up in a more security tight room. i dun think u understand..... it's difficult for a 12year old to explain....
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I personally think that I would prefer freedom because there is no point in being safe and being able to be free, what would the point in your life be then? I also think that those who choose safety may not know what it is like not to have freedom so the point above is clearly arguable and those who were raised differently to others will have a different view on the matter so over all the point is based purely on opinion.
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27 / F / planet earth
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Posted 5/22/08
i think freedom is more important. come on, you got your head to think and keep you safe. why would you risk on something you know will hurt you?
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