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Quote of the Day: “Liberty, according to my metaphysics, is an intellectual quality; an attribute that belongs not to fate nor chance.”

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Liberty, according to my metaphysics, is an intellectual quality; an attribute that belongs not to fate nor chance. Neither possesses it, neither is capable of it. There is nothing moral or immoral in the idea of it. The definition of it is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent.

Being that it is the second day of Kwanzaa, which celebrates the idea of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), I thought this quote from John Adams was appropriate.  It seems the desire for self-determination, liberty, and free will is a universal feeling of humanity.

But I think we should also heed Adam’s warning to Jefferson:

We think ourselves possessed, or, at least, we boast that we are so, of liberty of conscience on all subjects, and of the right of free inquiry and private judgment in all cases, and yet how far are we from these exalted privileges in fact!

In this case, Adams was talking about how religions often try to establish laws that stop free inquiry.  It seems that even today this is attempted, with an irony that often they do so under a banner of “liberty” saying that their views were supported by the Founding Fathers of America…

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Written by Jacob Walker

December 27th, 2013 at 11:59 am

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