Freedom ain’t free. We’ve all heard that.
But freedom is also tough to take at times!
Living in a land of liberty ensures that we hear things we vehemently disagree with – things that would never be thought, let alone said, in our own home.
It means that the rock band next door might have daily jam sessions.
It guarantees that a symbol of freedom which we love dearly will be burned or stomped on.
It means that our neighbor will use his property in a way we know to be harmful to the land or in a way that offends our own sense of taste.
It allows for the possibility that a woman might own 235 cats and have no way of taking care of them to the extent we deem they should be cared for.
But freedom cannot be qualified. Either people are free to do with their own property – including themselves! – what they wish… or not.
“But,” you might say, “I’ve always been taught that my freedom ends where another person’s nose begins. Freedom has to be qualified!”
We do not live in a slave society. Other people are not our property, and we are not the property of others.
If we believe in freedom, we believe in the sanctity of each individual to own and control the fruits of his labors. This means that freedom naturally encompasses the six or seven commandments that deal with how we treat others.
Thou shalt not steal, kill, lie, covet others’ possessions, or dishonor others.
We must understand that in order for our own freedom to be respected, we must equally respect others’ freedom. Once we start eroding the edges of freedom, no matter how “morally justified,” freedom itself has been infringed.
Liberty is tough to take. But a society which holds the sanctity of life, liberty and property in the highest regard will reap untold benefits of peace and prosperity.
The biggest challenge within a truly free society is to withstand the eternal temptation to control other people.
I love ag. I love the general attitude of “live and let live” that most farmers and ranchers embrace.