Thursday, December 16, 2010

On Life and Freedom

"Your freedom ends where it puts your life at a higher risk that usual."


I was just thinking about this the other day...So, we've all heard "your freedom ends where my nose begins", which pretty much speaks for itself. However, there's also the possibility that your 'freedom' will conflict with a particular aspect of your life. For instance, some people think smoking is cool but it's not! Once I read smoking is like paying someone to kill you: they get rich, you die. They may tell you "Im gonna die anyways," but c'mon, let's face it, there are cooler ways to die, alright. One does have the right to smoke; and one may do so as long as your health is not affected! This, I believe, also holds true for other kinds of addictions or bad habits, like drinking, drugs, promiscuity, studying (you're probably wondering, but yes, you can study so much you might die... but I didn't say that ._.), and the list can go on forever, but most of these one should just plain avoid, as they indicate a lack of self-control and thus the absence of freedom. Yeah well, maybe all except studying.

First I thought about making the quote simply "Your freedom ends where it puts your life at risk," but the truth is, our lives are always at risk. When you least expect it, bam; car accident. Or bam, heart attack. Or bam, plane crash. There are even those who have jobs that put their lives in danger, yet only to prevent more lives from being lost. There are so many things that could go wrong yet they haven't. It's when we lose a loved one, or see his health worsened, that we suddenly realize how lucky we are to be where we are. Not just the fact that we're relatively healthy, but the simple fact that our hearts are still beating.


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