Jan 142014

“THE natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but to have only the law of nature for his rule. The liberty of man, in society, is to be under no other legislative power, but that established, by consent, in the commonwealth; nor under the dominion of any will, or restraint of any law, but what that legislative shall enact, according to the trust put in it.” John Locke, Second Treatise of Government

Consider Locke’s idea of natural liberty. It is not something given to us by society, the legislature, or a single law. Only the law of nature stands above our own liberty. How much of your natural liberty do you willingly give away to others out of the belief that you have no other choice? Do you feel that you have no decision making power? As you move through your day, consider how much freedom you do have, and whether the choices you make strengthen or weaken your ability to care for yourself and your family without the assistance of others. Independence and autonomy is assured not only by the presence of a limited government, but also by the personal responsibility that is maintained by each individual.

Of course, Locke did not espouse that natural liberty allows us to do whatever we want whenever we choose. More about that in my next post… 

Please take a moment today to cherish the choices you can make to strengthen your personal independence. That decision making power is a part of What IS Right With America. 

Susan C. Rempel, Ph.D.
Everyone’s Guide to the Constitution: http://amzn.to/1im8I4Q


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