Problem with ‘Freedom’: Has to Be Connected with Wisdom, Responsibility … or Societal Decay Follows

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Surge Summary: The current, liberal idea of “freedom” can be very dangerous … if society forgets that freedom is supposed to promote sound decisions and responsible behavior. Otherwise, a society can self-destruct while celebrating people’s right to be “free”.

by The Ruth Institute

The latest Dr. J Show features Dr. Yoram Hazony, an Israeli philosopher, Bible scholar, award-winning author, and political theorist.

Hazony explains the liberal idea of freedom: “Societies have a tendency to establish norms. And then put pressure on people to live up to those standards of what people are expected to do… The liberal idea, which I think is a fantasy, is to free everybody… There’s no social incentive on them. They can just do whatever they want.”

It’s freedom from doing the difficult things, in other words, being virtuous. Our “freedom” only corrupts ourselves, Hazony says.

“The traditional family has been turned into something that’s optional. [The new norm] comes through the computer, the television, the movies… Now young people are afraid to get married.”

“The U.S. and Europe are in advanced stages of decay unless we turn our societies around,” Hazony says, equating these to Nineveh, the worst area of decay at the time, but saved after God’s message of repentance through Jonah.

“I think it’s possible [to be saved] because so many people are seeing what’s coming [and] saying, ‘maybe we should try restoration and repentance… What’s needed is states that can put together a revived, restored public life that will be pro-Christian, and let people see that it can work.”

“Let’s start seeing people move to those states because they’d rather send their kids to those kinds of schools… If we take the steps carefully, I think this catastrophe can turn out to be a big opportunity… Our job is to do everything we can to make the change we’re talking about.”

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The Ruth Institute is a global non-profit organization, leading an international interfaith coalition to defend the family and build a civilization of love.

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse is the author of The Sexual State: How Elite Ideologies are Destroying Lives, Smart Sex: Finding Life-Long Love in a Hook Up World, and Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village.

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