It’s a funny word, really. Freedom certainly isn’t free. What I do know, however, is that it means we all get to do and say things others might not like.

Here’s a quick intellectual argument.

tl;dr governments telling us what to think always results in a bad reality and a worse ending.

But freedom also means, gut squirming as it is, people have the freedom to do this:

Mao Sugiyama, a self-described “asexual” from Tokyo, cooked up, seasoned and served his own genitalia to five diners at a swanky banquet in Japan last month, Calorie Lab reported.

Freedom: it’s shocking. It’s unconventional. And no wonder it has rarely existed throughout history, is constantly under threat, and yet the fleeting moments humanity has had it, has seen quantum leaps in our evolution, our progression.

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • June 5th, 2012

    Well said. And isn’t it brilliant you are allowed to say so. Amen.

    • philjourdan
    • June 5th, 2012

    Sorry, I agree freedom means the freedom to be stupid. But it also means I do not have to admire or give credence to stupidity.

    • Didn’t say anything about admiring, nor accepting what that bloke specifically did.

      not the point

      But you gotta face it. Part of freedom means being able to deal with that Japanese bloke cooking his lot.

      Give credence? Shit made me want to vomit.

      Serious. It made me feel very queasy.

      That said…. You wanna defend freedom?

      That means you have to defend a Japanese man’s right to surgically remove his genitalia, and then cook it as customers see fit, for a certain price.

      Voltaire’s I might not like etc… noble, right,…. put it into practice.

        • philjourdan
        • June 6th, 2012

        I never said I would not defend it. I said I would not condone it. In the colonies, we have something called freedom of speech. That means we have to abide when racists parade around town and spew their filth. But the freedom of speech does not require the freedom to be heard. So we are free to ignore the cretins.

        Such is this case. Like you, it made me toss my cookies. I was only objecting to airing it. as that is only serving the purpose of the clown and encouring others to claim their 15 minutes of fame (Andy Warhol) in a simiilar fashion.

        • That’s one helluva 16 minutes!

    • But it also means I do not have to admire or give credence to stupidity.

      Correct. But freedom means you have the freedom to do so in argument, and law. Shrug

      Now there was a big case in oz recently where argument somehow became law, and we were all the sorrier for it.

      And a good common sense of law is being manipulated to quash freedom.

        • philjourdan
        • June 6th, 2012

        I understand the concern – as freedoms must constantly be defended or they are lost. But I think there are other venues for the defense. Unfortunately for you, Oz let its guard down and allowed a freedom to be lost (over here, we are in the middle of a big one as well).

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