Group discussion about liberty

Today in class we had a discussion about what liberty meant to each of us. We all agreed on one simple phrase, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”.  Liberty was the one right that the government couldn’t take away from the citizens, and that stayed the same no matter what. It wasn’t until later in the conversation that things got a little more confusing. I was surprised that many of the other students in my group had thought about liberty in such a different way than I had. They thought about how criminals were denied their liberties since they had violated laws, and ended up in prison. We were all generally in agreement with what liberty was at a basic level, but of course it meant something different to each specific person. Many of my group members thought of liberty as something that everyone has, but that it could be taken away. I had never thought about it that way before and it was good to hear the perspectives of others. 


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