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Explained by the Simpson Family…
Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and
will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and
so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own

Having freedom means that we are
responsible for our actions. Every
action we choose, further,
determines our character.
  Arguments against Freedom

    Determinists hold that every event, action and
    decision inevitably results from something
    independent of the human will.

Genetics         Environment

     Psychological Factors

    Rationalization – devising self-serving
    excuses for behavior

“He who excuses himself
   accuses himself.”
    Gabriel Meurier
      Further Definition of Freedom…

External Freedom includes          Harsh Government
freedom from factors outside
ourselves that threaten or
destroy our power to exercise             Poverty

Internal Freedom includes
freedom from interior factors
that limit choice.

   Addiction       Fear
                   Limits to Freedom
The modern world often defines “freedom” as “doing
whatever one wants”.

       This kind of “freedom” is more precisely defined as “license”
       (text) or “freedom of indifference” (Pinckaers).

       “True freedom elevates humans; it never demeans.”

 “This mentality has created such an
 emphasis on the freedom of choice that the
 fundamental right to life itself of innocent
 human beings has been assaulted and
 denied. It is a gross distortion of the
 exercise of freedom to attack other human
 beings and the values God’s law seeks to
 protect…” pg 84
True freedom is not license. License is
unbridled, excessive, undisciplined freedom
that abuses true liberty.

                            By deviating from the
                            moral law man violates
                            his own freedom,
                            becomes imprisoned
                            within himself, disrupts
                            neighborly fellowship,
                            and rebels against
                            divine truth.
    True freedom liberates us to develop our
    God-given talents in a responsible way
    so we can live our lives for others and
    for God.
                   True freedom serves what is
                   good, just and true.

“Every person possesses
basic moral inclinations
and a primal moral sense
that no corruption due to
sin can completely
destroy…” Pinckaers
             Pinckaers’ Clarification
Freedom of Indifference/ License     Freedom of Excellence/ True Freedom
   The power to choose between           The power to act freely with
   contraries                            excellence and perfection
   Does not recognize inclination        Recognizes inclination towards good
   towards good
   Resides in the will                   Resides in the reason and the will

   Is entire from the first moment       Develops through education and
   Has no need for virtue                Virtue and habit are essential
   Synonymous with self-assertion        Open to the common good

    Moral law, Natural law and any       If the law is founded on the true
    form of legality is seen as          and good, it creates a structure
    constrictive to freedom              to enhance freedom
  To every degree that our choices are voluntary,
  we are responsible for our actions.

“Imputable” is another word for            Ooh..
“accountable”…                           Culpability
“Culpability” is another word for

  Remember those things that can
  lessen or nullify culpability???
In other words, the world’s definition
     of “freedom” isn’t really True
   Freedom at all…It is simply the
  license to make choices that will
 eventually enslave us to our fallen

 True Freedom pays attention to the
 laws written in our nature and those
   revealed by God. Making choices
that follow those laws, then, helps us
to live the life God wants us to live to
          our fullest potential.

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