How important is the freedom of the individual? In the present societies, people are concerned with individual liberty and all sorts of freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of free association and so on. John Stuart Mill, an 19th century European philosopher wrote extensively about individual liberty. Mill argued that the society should have minimal interference on the liberty of the individual and should only do so in order to promote
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it is important to note that different societies approach the idea of individual liberty differently. To some, the community is of paramount importance and people make their decisions based on what the community approves. This is how they promote their happiness and to some extent without community they don?t experience true happiness. To Mill happiness comes when the self-will of the individual is promoted and that the society should not interfere with individual liberty.