“The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.” – Walt Whitman
Liberty derives not from license, but from an orientation in love and the observance of truth. Whenever there is a transition into a greater sphere of freedom, such as when a child becomes a teenager, a high school student becomes a university student, an employee becomes and entrepreneur, or a line worker becomes a manager, there is an accompanying need for the assumption of greater responsibility.
The privilege of freedom always comes with the need for more internally-held responsibility and discipline. Freedom without responsibility and discipline quickly devolves into chaos, the natural result of which is the eventual restriction of responsibility.
Held rightly, the expansion of freedom continues ad infinitum. The “potent Law of Laws” is the law of eternal progress. Wise is the man or woman who not only hears and sees, but acts on this understanding.