Freedom is equality and we should be free to do anything we like, unless we harm ourselves and others.
We were born free and free we should remain, but with freedom comes responsibility, morality, equality, limitations and ethics.
The responsible Eco-freedom is the mother of all principles. Eco-freedom means people can do anything they like if they do not harm themselves or others. This includes harm caused financially, physically, mentally, socially, influentially or spiritually and by any other form that upsets the balance of freedoms’ equalities. And, as the saying goes: “your freedom ends where the freedom of others begins”.
Eco-freedom is the highest principle in the Eco-city and Ecolism overrules any other policy or rule. Its definition in the Eco-city is responsible freedom, where no one should limit the freedom of others, as long as he or she does not harm themselves or anyone else in any circumstance. The majority determines the Eco-freedom limitations and overrides any other rule or individual’s vested interests in any business, policy or personal gain.
The will of the majority overrides the will of the minority and this is what democracy is all about. But if an amendment to Eco-principle rules satisfies both the majority and minority, then it is a preferable option. Otherwise, the minorities should submit and integrate or leave and migrate.
Eco-freedom in Ecolism does not interfere with any other principles or religions. It gives its Eco-society the responsible freedom to choose their way of life. After the majority decision on a particular lifestyle, it becomes a constitution that is not easy to change. However, if circumstances change, then it is logical to adapt and request another majority vote for the amendments.
The Eco-justice inside the Eco-city complies with the external national laws; however, internally, people can freely follow ethical practices. In other words, you can apply your own rules to your own house as long as you do not harm yourself or others or force your children or spouse to follow unreasonable or unacceptable rules.
For example, let us consider a scenario: the father has high cholesterol or diabetes and eats particular foods such as fish, vegetables and salads and cannot eat sweets or fatty food, while the mother is a meat eater and can tolerate all the fat and desserts, but does not eat vegetables or salads. Then, the son is omnivorous and can eat any food, but the daughter is a pure vegetarian or vegan. In this case, the father should not force them to eat according to his diet, but he cannot afford to buy caviar and champagne for them. Therefore, each can eat what he or she likes, but within the limitation of the available budget and should eat what harms none of them.
Although the principle of freedom includes free speech, it does not mean allowing irresponsible speech that incites hatred, causes harm to others and disturbs the peace. Expressing views must not be misleading, like what some politicians say or encourage people to go on strike, causing economic loss to others.
However, people should be able to petition and remove from unfair power rulers, unscrupulous employers and anyone that abuses their authority to limit people’s freedom, which results in injustice. In a nutshell, authorities’ intervention to restrict freedoms is valid when people step outside the responsible Eco- freedom lines or principles.
As another example of responsible freedom, financial institutions are not free to charge interest at any amount they see fit for the criteria they create. Corporations make salaries a big secret to hide their inequality and dictate their unfair terms, which is to make more profits or protect the rich more than the poor. This is not responsible freedom.
In this scenario, the government must intervene and limit the financial institutions or companies’ irresponsible use of freedom by dictating their terms. Salaries should be known and transparent and the charges should be limited. Similar rules apply to everything people do to ensure equality, real justice and harmonious, peaceful societies.