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Freedom: micro vs macro

Freedom used to be a clear and undisputed concept. Today, it’s perspective has changed into a micro and a macro focus. The micro focus is still about the individual. The new macro focus is about society at large. Today, the freedom of society (if any) is apparently more important than an individual’s freedom.

This development implies that an individual’s freedom has become irrelevant because the majority of society will decide how her/his freedom will look like. In other words: the winner takes all – a.k.a. monism.

This topic has become another Great Divide in society: the conservative-right supports an individual’s freedom (in cases like corona), while the liberal-left supports the freedom of society (if any). However, in cases like abortion, it is suddenly the other way around (sic!).

Essentially, the freedom of society and of the individual have been codified in a Constitution, in laws and in bylaws. Hence, current developments undermine these (constitutional) rights. Usually, such happens for the sake of the Greater Good and often due to a lack of any other (let alone better) arguments.

Governments claim that exceptional circumstances warrant their grab for power (eg, climate change, pandemic, terrorism). Slowly, this exceptional situation becomes the (new) default. Factual knowledge about the threat becomes irrelevant and – to some extent – even subversive. Everything (ie, Love, Knowledge) becomes subordinated to Power – a.k.a. monism.

Once an individual’s freedom becomes irrelevant, the freedom of society (if any) is doomed. Apparently, this consequence is difficult to understand. A small minority will then rule over a large majority, while claiming that it represents the majority of society (eg, China, North Korea, Russia).

In a democracy, every vote counts. Once you start ignoring minority votes, you start ignoring democracy. Cooperation becomes competition (my blogs), and ideology takes over from pragmatism (my blogs). In other words: the winner takes all – a.k.a. monism.

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.” A quote by Jim Morrison (1943-1971), lead singer of The Doors.

Me and Bobby McGee (1969) by Roger Miller (1936-1992)
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-1, Wiki-2

Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose
Nothin’ ain’t worth nothin’ but it’s free

Note: all markings (bold, italic, underling) by LO unless stated otherwise.

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