Ok, new perspective on the value of freedom. I'm from Detroit, in my opinion the city with cruddiest social dilemmas in the nation right now. People are regularly committing crimes (often violent) to go to jail so that they can obtain those three complementary meals a day and a not-freezing sleeping environment. My cousin even did this very act, damning himself for three months in his little rebellious "I don't need the family, but I can't actually make it on my own" phase. The people who do this to themselves are free. More free than any of us since they have no material wealth constricting their actions. But the value of that is lost on them, and who could really expect otherwise?
If any of you read the book The Giver, perhaps you remember how one boy was given the troubles of all humanity so that everyone else could live in their utopian world (portrayed as un-ideal). His suffering was immense, but that is secondary to my thought. When I re-read the book, I noticed that those supposedly constricted, de-humanized, individuals all appeared, at the very least, relatively happy. That is no worse than what I would project the mean satisfaction level of citizens of this (and most other) country(ies).
I recognize what being born with a relative excess of freedom has permitted me. I also do not excessively challenge the value of general freedom within parameters. I guess I'm just curious about what makes the rest of you fellow classmates of mine value this highest of rights at the level it is consistently lauded? Yes, it sounds nice, but so does the Constitution. And, while I respect that document, I don't consider infallible. The same with democracy. Our country's people masturbate to its concept-and the idea is, indeed, respectable. But infallible? The superlative concept? Come on. And so, getting back to my original query, I'm simply curious about the personal reasons you guys hold for valuing this liberty so much. It's not so much that I completely doubt its value, but that I'm sick of generic, patterned, pre-organized opinions on the matter that arise from the fact that we live in a country promoting its morals. I simply want the truth without a nationalistic filter of bias. Any assistance?