“It may not be nice to be good, 6655321. It may be horrible to be good. I know I shall have many sleepless nights about this. What does God want? Does God want goodness or the choice of goodness? Is a man who chooses the bad perhaps in some way better than a man who has the good imposed upon him? You are passing now to a region where you will be beyond the power of prayer. A terrible, terrible thing to consider. And yet, in a sense, in choosing to be deprived of the ability to make an ethical choice, you have in a sense really chosen the good. So I shall like to think. So, God help us all, 6655321, I shall like to think”.
Famous as being a cult classic from Stanley Kubrick, A Clockwork Orange is set in a dystopian future, with teenagers causing all sorts of problems, violence and rape being common activities. The movie is based upon a novel, of the same name, which, of course, explains the ideas behind the story much better, and I happily recommend it (and the movie).
A Clockwork Orange raises some philosophical issues, the main issue, in my opinion being the confrontation between Free Will and Predestination, and this literature obviously supports free will. The main character of the story, Alex, an ultraviolent young boy is caught by the (fascist?) police and to get out of custody sooner, volunteers himself for the Ludavico Technique.
The Ludavico Technique, also mentioned in the poll, was a process whereby, through conditioning, whenever someone thought about violence, rape or other actions generally considered harmful to society, they would begin to feel extremely ill, stopping them from going through with such things. In effect, they could not be violent nor abusive, instead, to avoid the extreme illness, they were forced to do ‘good’ things. This technique, if applied to criminals could result in a society free of crime, but also a society not free to choose. I guess the poll is really asking if you prefer freedom or security.