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NICOLAE BALCESCU LAND FORCES ACADEMY

SIBIU

Greater Freedom does not Necessarily


Lead to Greater Happiness

ASSOC.PROF. MARIOARA PATESAN, PhD


LECT. GABRIELA MIHAILA

STUD.CAP. SERGIU GLIGOR


GROUP 24

GREATER FREEDOM DOES NOT NECESSARILY LEAD TO GREATER HAPPINESS

The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage. In this


quote, Thucydides reveals that happiness leads to freedom, only if the last one is
achieved by courage. Getting happiness through freedom would be satisfying if
we were to refer to a small, quiet and undisturbed world, where people, through
their hypocrisy would try to keep everything all right. Greater freedom tends to
destroy the balance that settled in our world and to accelerate the unknown
entropic desire which leads us, the world, even the Universe, to destruction.
Ultimately, people are just some naive mediocre beings who need to be trusted
from behind by some sorts of hidden societies or even by greater forces. I think
that in order to elucidate this query is to ask ourselves if happiness really exists.
L iberty, equality -- bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice;
and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.(Henri Amiel)
To begin with, a new revealed theory is that which explains to the world
that we are not free people, and this term of freedom is quite evasive because
we are lead by secret societies. The most famous of them all is Freemasonry,
which is without a doubt the largest and most powerful secret society existing
throughout the globe today, having millions of members. To prove that the entire
world is usherd by Masons, you can document and you will find out that many
heads of states are thought to be Masons.
In the USA, in 1963, president John Fitzgerald Kennedy is assassinated.
Rumors say that Kennedy was killed because of the fact he was not a Mason.Yet,
if we could live in a free society with greater freedom people who are
obstreperous might thing of greater freedom as a ground for making the wrong
choices.Whether it is about disobeying the law through
robbery,murders,kidnapping or slaughter,or about taking matters into your own
hands by making justis for yourself,living by ones own rules,regardless of theyr
morals cand lead to the ravage of todays society,as we know it.
Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it
merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the
chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them -- and then, the
opportunity to choose.(C.Wright Mills)
Also, even though greater freedom would be given to persons with at least
the basic morals, we have no guarantee that this moral persons will not turn into
moraly-gray ones, since the aboriginal instincts still, subconsciously, exist.

It is not the fact of liberty but the way in which liberty is exercised that
ultimately determines whether liberty itself survives. (Dorothy Thompson)
On the other hand, there might be cases in which greater freedom leads to
greater happiness. For example, if a Buddhist has more freedom from family,
society etc., he can achieve, through this freedom, a state of total happiness,
pure and unique, which separates the soul from the body, reaching Nirvana in the
end.
Additionally, if the freedoms given to people have a certain limit, so that no
moral lines can be crossed, freedom is for the best.
Politically speaking, freedoms such as the right to go from country to
country (within the continent) without a visa, the freedom of choosing your
religion and beliefs have had a positive effect over the population, worldwide. On
a more intimate level, freedom means ones right to take decisions for himself, to
choose his/hers friends, to be able to make life decisions without being
restricted.
Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is
something people take, and people are as free as they want to be.(James Baldwin)
To conclude, happiness achieved through freedom is a matter of choice. Is a
matter of what an individual does with his freedom. Being happy, in all its
shapes, means feeling fulfilled, at peace with yourself and the others, free to live
your life as you please. The statement Greater Freedom does not Necessarily
Lead to Greater Happiness can be true and false at the same time, as it is a matter
of interpretation. The way I see it, greater happiness can be a result of greater
freedom. Considering that, in theory, humans are rational beings, with some kind
of a moral support; I think that each individual should know how to maximize the
freedom offered to them, for their own benefit.
The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have
in your heart.(Thich Nhat Hanh)