Liberty is the independence to pursue one’s interests. It can either be a personal choice or a provision by a particular body such as an institution or family. It is the independence to self-determination. A school, for instance, can give liberty to students to handle their assignments at their preferred time provided they observe the deadline. It is thus at the discretion of the learner to decide the right time for doing their homework. While some may choose to start working on their projects immediately, others rush in the last minute. Parents can give freedom to their children to spend time with their friends provided they do it during the day. The child has the right, but no obligation to be in the company of their friends and can even decide to stay indoors alone.
Liberty can either have a positive or negative repercussion on a person. Freedom instills a sense of responsibility in people to pursue the right thing despite being answerable to no one for the choices made. Individuals with positive personal values can benefit from liberty because they align their actions with their beliefs. An individual who believes it is wrong to spend time with friends who influence them negatively will resist meeting them despite having the liberty to interact with such characters. As a result, liberty makes a person more responsible in making their choices because their focus is on observing the right social protocols out of an own free will.
On the other hand, liberty can influence someone negatively by weakening their judgment power. Having freedom may affect someone to indulge in unacceptable and tempting behavior more so when the person does not have personal ethics in place to restrict them from participating in the available options. If a youth has the liberty to spend their day in their preferred way, the person is unlikely to resist a company of misbehaved peers if they have not defined their acceptable and unacceptable conduct. The person thus lacks the judgment to rule which situations violate their personal beliefs.
Human beings can minimize the adverse effects of liberty by employing different strategies such as developing a set of personal values and ethics to inform one’s decision-making. When one defines their true identity and identifies ways to make it healthy, they avoid engaging in actions that violate their moral standing. Before exploring the available options, a person with distinct personal values knows which alternative builds or weakens their philosophy of morality. As a result, they will avoid situations or actions that do not agree with their values of morality.
A second way of minimizing the negative impact of liberty is preventing the freedom in the first place by emulating world class role models who made significant changes across the globe by denying themselves freedom. A student at liberty to submit their assignment at their right time might choose to handle their homework as the deadline approaches thus doing it hurriedly and imperfectly. However, if the student has Steve Jobs, for instance, as their role model, he/she will walk in the footsteps of Jobs by working continuously and using every opportunity to design something new. As a result, the student will finish the assignment in time and spend the rest of the timeframe making positive progress in other areas of their lives.