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Is it bondage or freedom?

asked Nov 11 '14 at 11:06

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I agree with Ideas that the question does not provide enough information. Questioner--please expand a little bit upon your question so that we can give you a more direct answer. A definition of "Natural State" would be helpful.

(Nov 17 '14 at 15:09) ericmaughan43 ♦ ericmaughan43's gravatar image

The question doesn't provide much context from which to discern the intended usage of the key concepts or the reason for raising the question. If "bondage" is intended to refer to slavery (or perhaps indentured servants), I cannot readily imagine why anyone living in modern-day Western civilization would think that bondage could be man's natural state.

"Natural State" is somewhat unclear, as well, applied to man. If it means the state of human existence that is most consistent with man's fundamental nature, then of course the answer is: freedom. Man possesses a rational faculty which is his basic means of cognition and survival, and reason cannot function under physical force.

If "Natural State" refers to that which is untouched by man, then how can man exist at all without having been affected by human choices and effort, starting with one's own chosen actions in life? ("Natural State" had a somewhat different interpretation in the slavery era, referring to a supposed difference in mental capacity between slaves and freemen. Claims of mental deficiency, of course, were thoroughly debunked by the time slavery was ended.)

answered Nov 12 '14 at 22:09

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