Liberty Discussion – “On Liberty”

On March 27, 2015, participants of Liberty Discussion Group got together to discuss during Liberty Discussion Session. The participants read “On Liberty,”  written by John Stuart Mill and discussed the arguments presented by the writer.

The participants represented the particular sentences or phrases from the essay they could relate to the most. After they explained the relevance of the lines they choose, the discussion began based on the agreements or disagreements on the views just presented. Issues such as the relevance of tradition, its effect on liberty and the prominence of liberty in the case of politics were also discussed.

Similarly, effects that a dearth of independent, free thinkers can have on a society were also discussed upon. It was ultimately agreed that since individuals think and not societies or collectives as a whole, it is important to let people define their own paths rather than force or urge everyone to follow a tried and tested process.