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Aguilar: Cosme and Kevin on liberty

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Aguilar: Cosme and Kevin on liberty

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

COSME: Now is my turn to ask questions. So, for a start- who uttered these famous lines: “I know not what course others may take, but for me – give me liberty or give me death?”

KEVIN: Patrick Henry.

COSME: We know what death is, but what did Henry mean by liberty?

KEVIN: Liberty is a great abstraction which cannot be defined, but it can be understood. Simply put, liberty is like electricity. All of us know what it is and how it works and what takes place when it is turned on and off. Even then, however, we find it well- nigh impossible to make a short definition of liberty which is readily intelligible.

COSME; Do you mean that the world has never had a good definition of Liberty?

KEVIN: Yes.

COSME: Don’t we all declare for liberty?

KEVIN: Yes, we do, but in using the same word, we do not all mean the same thing. With some people, Liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases and the fruit of his labor, with others however, liberty may mean for some men as to do as they please with other men and the fruit of other men’s labor.

COSME: What you said is clear, simple and understandable, but can you cite an example to make it clearer?

KEVIN: Yes. Consider the Shepherd and the wolf whose claim are not different if not altogether incompatible things, yet both are called by the same name – Liberty. “The shepherd in taking good care of the flocks drives the wolf from the throat of the sheep, for which the shepherd is called a liberator while at the same time, the wolf denounces the shepherd as destroyer of liberty especially as the sheep is a black one.

COSME: What makes for political liberty?

KEVIN: Power.

COSME: What makes for power in Congress?

KEVIN: Number.

COSME: What do you mean by number as far as power is concern?

KEVIN: Well, the party that has sufficient number of congressmen can enact the death penalty bill.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 09, 2017.

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