Because It Matters To Me!

Freiheit – Freedom – Libertad – libertà – 自由 – свобoда

You can currently read the following citation of Benjamin Franklin on my private web site

» Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. «

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
(According to  wikiquote, Benjamin Franklin actually said it.)

I particularly like the sentence.

But: time and again, I hear – even from reasonable persons who I know only have the best interest in mind – that there is no liberty without security. Hearing this not only hurts – I also consider it dangerous to say such a thing. Using this reasoning, you open up all possible opportunities for abuse (by the state).

Consequently, I will now try to clarify my thesis:
Liberty  is a value.

Security is a need.

Value” and “need” have nothing in common as far as their definitions go.

It is always problematic to sacrifice values for needs.

But someone who is prepared to sacrifice a basic value in order to to satisfy a small and temporary need (even if he only demands it in theory or will accept it as a possible consequence), has not deserved this value!

Please keep that in mind! I ask this of everyone, especially of politicians and leaders.


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