While the example of alcoholism is a terrific example to explain how an individual harming oneself does, ultimately harm society as well, it is still only one example. I believe that Mill could surely cite more examples of why liberty is drastically more important for individuals, and again, in the end for society as well; than a place where there is no liberty in society. So, while I believe that Mill would acknowledge the truth in this example, I would dare to say that he would still argue for his original convictions. My opinions and sentiments would be those that concur with John Stuart Mill. He was an exceptional thinker that I do believe was ‘transitional’ in his thinking; he was obviously a ‘liberal’ in many of his works. I agree whole-heartedly that individuals should be free to postulate their own beliefs and opinions without fear of ridicule, or repercussions. This ‘liberty,’ as it is, becomes part of the backbone of great democratic countries, where individuals do have rights.
The topic of the subjection of women raises some interesting points from Mill. First, Mill points out that women were always ‘subjected’ by men, from the dawn of time. “It arose simply from the fact that from the very earliest twilight of human society, every woman (owing to the value attached to her by men, combined with her inferiority in muscular strength) was found in a state of bondage to some man. (475)” He’s letting us know that our laws, customs, beliefs, traditions when it comes to women, were essentially created by cavemen! “They convert was a mere physical fact into a legal right, give it the sanction of society… (475)” Mill was a rational thinker, and like many rational thinkers, when given an argument countering one of their own, they often revert to calling the others argument “emotional, or instinctual.” “For the…