Freedom is in my opinion a fundamental human right. Freedom can apply to many things, such as free will and political freedom. While I cannot prove that free will exists, I strongly believe that it does, and if it exists but we do not have that, then everyone should strive to attain it. In the case that free will does not exist though, I think it suggests a fundamental lack of purpose and meaning which is almost inconceivable. Political freedom is much more straightforward, and I can say with almost absolute certainty that freedom from authority not only exists, but that it’s everyone’s right. I think both free will and political freedom are essential to all sentient beings.
Political freedom does not imply absolute freedom as anarchists want, but instead giving people the freedoms they deserve. Judging what freedoms people deserve is the more important issue, as ideally one should not be restricted at all. While limiting one’s freedoms is bad in itself, there are ample reasons to do so which justify the limitations. The main reason in my opinion is for moral reasons. Morality in my opinion is approximately as important as political freedom, which means that one should consuder both when making laws for a society. Morality would for example limit a person’s freedom to kill, which is limiting one person’s freedoms, but also ensures another person’s freedom and right to live.
I believe that the right to live is much more important than the right to kill, as living is far more essential, useful, and literally vital to people. The idea of living is far more important then the idea of stopping someone from living. To kill someone is not simply an action you perform, it’s taking someone else’s freedom entirely. When you kill someone, you are taking their free will to make decisions, form opinions, find truth, have hopes and dreams, and their ability to perform actions- and therefore their political freedoms. Killing is therefore not only immoral and inconsiderate but directly contradictory to the ideal of freedom.
If you are aware of these reasons why you should not kill, then killing can only be done when it avoid a morally worse outcome, or by ignoring these reasons and being in denial.
To understand this concept you have to first realise that other people matter as well. Their lives and their freedoms matter to a similar degree that yours do. While you are unique, that does not mean that you are the most important person. Everyone is unique, and everyone could think that they are the most important person. While you should be free to have that opinion, it is an opinion of so little justification that it should not influence your decisions much. Obviously since you are the one who makes decisions about yourself, you should take action in your own interest, however this does not make you more important. When someone acts selfishly and hurts others for their own benefit, they are being inconsiderate and not taking into account that the other people also have freedoms and feelings, and that they might consider themselves as important because they are. If you act in your own benefit because you think that you are the most important person, then why would you not also act in the benefit of others who think that they are the most important person? If all these people are the most important people then it does not really matter who acts in their benefit, what really matters is that the most important people get what they need. One could argue that the others are wrong, and that he or she is in fact more important than the others who think themselves the most important. This is illogical unless there is objective evidence that proves so, because the main justification for your opinion that you are the most important person is the fact that it is an opinion you are allowed to have.
When making decisions, one should not base them off of opinions that are unfounded. Acting based on the misguided idea that you are more important than everyone else is inconsiderate and illogical. There is usually no objective evidence to support that you are more important than someone else, and even if there is, it would likely be an extreme circumstance. Everyone is important, and everyone deserves the freedom to act on their own, and the political freedom to carry out the actions they choose in order to have a happy and just world.