Is Freedom Slavery?

George Orwell’s book “1984” bears a frightening resemblance to the situation that conservatives today face on college campuses. Our administration, like big brother is constantly watching over my shoulder, ready to send me to room 101 and to be re-educated for the party. With themes like “war is peace,” Orwell forces you to reconsider what you think you know to validate whether or not they are really true.

One of the most intriguing ideas he brings up is Plato’s idea that “Freedom is Slavery.” According to Plato’s theory of slavery and freedom, he describes that a slave is someone who is controlled by his or her appetite.

Is a drug addict who lives in America truly free? Is a gambling addict free? Can a man or woman, enabled by their freedom to be corrupted by their vices, truly free?

Perhaps we are all slaves to our strength of will. Plato’s solution to this is utterly disgusting and un-American, but I won’t spoil it, to those who haven’t read the master piece The Republic.

If you ask any person born before the age of computers, they will tell you how millennials seem to be consumed by the world around them. A slave to our devices that we willingly buy and wear. Our iPhones, iPads and Apple watches, are stuck with us on a 24/7 basis. We play Pokemon GO to the point where we are willing to risk our lives. We over-eat and have gorged ourselves to become one of the most obese nations in the world.

A man who has morality and follows God can claim he is free and that God mediates his appetites, but in reality his appetites for power and wealth form in a different manner, but one self-serving.

Are we truly free?


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