Freedom vs. Happiness in "The Grand Inquisitor"
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This paper discusses how freedom is definitely better than happiness - if we are ready to be responsible for our actions. The paper looks at "The Grand Inquisitor" by Fyodor Dostoevsky and how the author raises the issues of freedom and happiness. The paper argues that allowing oneself to be led by others ultimately causes the person to lose respect for oneself and thus creates unhappiness.
From the Paper:"The idea of freedom today is vague because we in the United States have the freedom to think, do and act as we wish. There are no restrictions and there are no external forces making us live in a way we do not want to. Thus, we accept the freedom as our due. We are however, unaware of the responsibilities that come with this individual freedom we are granted. Consider the responsibility of the state and the individual. The state guarantees the freedom of the individual through the constitution and this right allows a homosexual to live in society afforded all the rights that a heterosexual would have. We have laws to protect the children and laws to define individual goals. Yet, we have lost the feeling of community. In our search for our own happiness we have taken advantage of the freedom we are accorded. The children in our society are growing up to be criminals and shooting down their own friends as was seen in the Colorado shootings. Yet, we take no action. We merely state that punish the children like adults that will teach them a lesson. But we as members of society have responsibilities to the child and we must take those responsibilities seriously. To claim that we are free and happy so we don't care is senseless. Freedom without responsibility in the end becomes our own prison."
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