What are the advantages and disadvantages of freedom ?what are tha advantages and disadvantages of freedom ?

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Excellent question!  I am reminded of the quote in Spiderman, "With great power comes great responsibility," or something like that.

With freedom comes great responsibility.  You can't run into a crowded theatre and yell, "FIRE!"  You can, however, speak out against the leadership of the country without the threat of the chopping block.

We are free to do what we want, when we want within reason.  What we want to do can not include breaking the law. 

We also have certain limits put on us by the government for the safety of the community as a whole.  We can drive freely once we've obtained a license, but we can not run traffic lights or stop signs, and we should not speed as these violations put others at risk.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I really enjoy the personal freedoms that I have in this country.  It allows me to make choices about the direction of my life, where I will work, when I will travel, there are any number of freedoms that we use each day without even realizing it most times.

On the other hand, some people do not use their freedom wisely.  We have the freedom to self destruct, to drink ourselves to death, or to drive recklessly, or commit other crimes with the loose reins that we have.

alohaspirit eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree, wonderful question. The obvious advantages to freedom is that every citizen becomes apart of the government system.  It also allows citizens to become individuals, and gives them a sense of ownership in their country.  The disadvantages is that many people might take advantage of their freedom and use it to hurt others through hate speech or even violent protest.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
The advantage of freedom is that you make your own destiny. As long as you don't interfere with anyone else's freedom or safety, you can do what you want. The disadvantage is that you don't have anyone helping you or providing for you.

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