The Consequences Of Genuine Freedom: The Abuse Of Freedom

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“Genuine freedom is an outstanding manifestation of the divine image in man. For God willed to leave man ‘in the power of his own counsel, so that he would seek his Creator of his own accord and would freely arrive at full and blessed perfection by cleaving to God.” God created and called us all to be perfect just as He is perfect. As the previous quote from the Catechism states, we arrive at perfection by freely seeking and cleaving to Him. The question, of course, becomes how? How does a human being strive to seek God and cleave to Him and reach this blessed perfection? The answer requires self discovery but is found in freedom rightly ordered by a good conscience that is grounded in moral Truth. Hardly anyone would deny that “freedom …show more content…
A person immersed in this ‘moral autonomy’ eventually hits rock bottom— he becomes a slave to his passions— and begins to see the emptiness of moral autonomy. History attests the wretched consequences that result from this abuse of freedom. Today, an easily recognizable example of abuse of freedom includes addiction to substances. Abusing substances is not an entirely evil act, there is a good abusers seek: pleasure. Yet, this disordered pleasure, although freely chosen, leads to enslavement. From this example, one can ironically see that only when a person is bound to truth is one free, but when one believes they are “free” from truth, they become …show more content…
The flawed understanding states that we can act in any way “as long as we don’t hurt anybody else.” Yet, as we see with the predominant example of Eve’s choice to eat the bad apple, “…our actions have far-reaching effects we ourselves don’t always perceive…[and] ultimately everything we do has ripple effects across the community.” Thus, the view of freedom meaning doing whatever you please as long as it does no harm to others falls because if we cannot perceive the harm, how can we judge how to act freely? We can’t. To be authentically free, we need to live in accordance with a higher, transcendent truth that can perceive far reaching

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