“The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign.”
From “On Liberty”
By John Stuart Mill
I’m one of the many people that fell in love with Taiwan and decided to move here.
Living here, I’m discovering how, unlike some western countries I lived in, Taiwan is like a big family, which sounds nice for some aspects.
But I feel like the government really treats citizens like their own children, or more specifically, like underage children, that get imposed rules and bans, like strict parents would do, instead of being given guidelines and warnings on things that could pose a risk to their health, and be left with their own freedom of choice.
For example, every time someone drowns at a particular spot, they often ban swimming at that spot altogether, instead of placing warning signs and let people choose whether they wanna risk their life swimming there.
I feel like this really limits personal freedom.
To anyone coming from more free countries: what are your feelings about this and, as I learned that there is a big generational gap in the way of thinking, do you see this changing anytime soon?