It was the time of 1644 when an English poet, scholar, and author John Milton defended the principle of a right to freedom of speech and expression, and for the liberty of Unlicensed printing by giving a speech to the parliament of England.
Milton presented a history of state censorship, challenging the practicality, as well as the wisdom, of seeking to control human thought and experience.
It is…liberty which is the nurse of all great wits. This is that which hath rarified and enlightened our spirits like the influence of heaven; this is that which hath enfranchised, enlarged, and lifted up our apprehensions degrees above themselves…. Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.
By his statements jhon Molton, gives a message of empowering ourselves through liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely, but before discussing liberty to know, to utter and to argue let me tell that what does liberty means to us
Broadly speaking Liberty means freedom to live your life in the way that you want, without interference from other people or the authorities, you should have the freedom to make choices about your clothes, food, house, and leaders of the country. They should be able to speak their mind if they do not like the government’s decision.
Each and every day we make a decision that impacts our future and in many cases the future of others in and around our communities. Being armed with as much knowledge as possible before acting on these decisions is a responsibility each and every one of us must take seriously, so it’s our right to demand to give us the liberty to know which allow for information to be delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible, so that I must know what are the governmental institutions making policy for us, either every citizen’s equal rights are ensured, what are the policies of serving the public, or even from private institutions and businesses.
I demand to give me the liberty to know as consumers I should be informed of decisions, and press for safer products, give me the liberty to know laws that also promote democratic decision-making and the power of ordinary citizens.
In sum give me the liberty to know so that throughout society, I demand more information and greater accountability from public and private institutions. Right-to-know laws promote democratic decision-making, further autonomy interests, and lead to more efficient consumer and workplace markets.
As a citizen I must demand to give me the liberty to argue, so that arguing enables me to give claims freely without fear of convection by any powerful entities of society they may be establishment and law and enforcement agencies, give me the liberty to show them facts, give me the liberty to argue as my aims of discussion is to progress not to victory, give me the liberty to argue so that the authorities who grab my rights should see from mine eyes. I should have autonomy-protecting rights not only against private individuals but also against the state, give me the liberty to turn my autonomy-protecting moral rights to legal rights in that case give me liberty to argue against the state to turn all of my rights into constitutional rights.
Finally, the statement of giving me liberty to know, to argue freely comes to a truly personal need-personal transcendence liberty to know, to utter, and to argue can open gateways that government will guarantee freedom of religion and freedom of expression, people have the raw materials they need to question, to seek, to challenge, and to truly come to an understanding of the deep and profound mysteries of human existence.
A society can foster a higher level of personal transcendence when individual liberties are protected and guaranteed. When dissenting opinions and dissenting lifestyles are not just tolerated but encouraged, a society can lay the groundwork for a rich ferment of spiritual conceptualization and expressions that can result in a higher level of spiritual exploration, philosophical adventures, and personal transcendence.
Make no mistakes about its high levels of demanding liberty that can benefit any society. From increasing economic choices which can lift countries out of poverty to increasing opportunities for cultural expression and artistic excellence, political liberties lay important seeds that lift societies on many levels. The biggest benefit of liberty, however, is truly personal. With the right political, cultural, economic, and social framework rooted in liberty, societies can lay the groundwork for people truly exploring and pursuing the highest levels of personal, spiritual, and philosophical transcendence
Naveed Murtaza is Storyteller, Human Rights Activist, and Digital PR Strategist