Gotcha! Uh, No… You Don’t
It might appear to some, that I have contradicted myself with two of my recent posts. In my post titled Conservatives vs. Liberals, I was extolling the virtues of freedom, and in Morals: The Barbecue Assembly Instruction Manual of life, I was pushing morals.
At first glance, it might look as though I am just as guilty as the people I have criticized. In general I am not in favor of laws that restrict freedom, but don’t morals do the same thing? Aren’t laws and morals both instruments to control people’s behavior? Isn’t the only difference, one originates from government and the other does not? Am I just a hypocrite? No, and once again, it comes down to freedom.
There is an important between morals and laws. Adhering to morals is voluntary, while obeying laws is mandatory. You are free to ignore morality, except in cases where morality and the law overlap each other. You must always obey the law, or risk facing the consequences.
Not everyone agrees on what is and is not moral. If you disagree with most of society on some moral issue, go ahead and live your life the way you see fit. Just don’t ask everyone else to set aside his or her beliefs and agree with you, if you choose to live outside the norm. You, like everyone else, have the right to your own beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that you’re beyond criticism.