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Security versus freedom--the eitheror of the new millennium--yet the very question indicates a flawed sense of both terms It sets them up as mutually exclusive when in fact they go hand in hand for can one truly be secure if one is not free We make such a swap only when we define security as safety from certain things not considering that by doing so we make ourselves not only less free but insecure in other ways Thomas Jefferson understood this He said A society that will trade a little order for a little freedom will lose both and deserve neither Until we transcend the securityfreedom dilemma we are ignoring the wisdom of another great thinker Albert Einstein who said Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them Trying to create security at the cost of freedom is doing just that If we want to be either secure or free we must be both--and that requires nothing short of a paradigm shift Make yourself sheep and the wolves will eat you Benjamin Franklin said that He was speaking about the relationship between the people and the government at a time when the role of multinational corporations was beyond imagination We esteem our founding fathers but what we really need to do is listen to them The challenge is to meld the bleaters and those whose eyes glisten in the dark into a We the People Until that happens the title of this essay should be How Much Freedom Should You Trade For Security because in such a trade some individuals give up their power to others This isnt so evident because Americans overvalue freedom as a slogan and undervalue it as a principle Freedoms tricky but how many class-hours are spent talking about what it means and what it takes
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