08 December 2010

Unrestrained Freedom Leads Ultimately to Unrestrained Tyranny

"[As] the traditional restraints and moral sanctions of society come to be regarded more and more as worthless, outworn taboos or as cruel checks placed upon individual egotism, which now goes under the name of freedom. A stage is eventually reached where there is no acknowledged limit to self-expression. The most traitorous deeds are defended as civil rights; the defense of even the natural law is ridiculed as "medieval." This lawlessness, if widespread, creates such confusion in society that a tyrant soon arises to organize the chaos through force. Thus is fulfilled thedictu of Dostoevski that "unlimited freedom leads to unlimited tyranny." Bishop Sheen

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