Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Paradoxes of Life - The Freedom Paradox

We are completely free only when we take full responsibility for our freedom.

To crave to be free, to be truly free, is one of our greatest fantasies. To be free to do what we want, how we want, when we want, with no one to question, to go where we want and so on and so forth. We always feel that somewhere, someone is holding the reins, restricting our freedom. If they let us go free - our parents, spouses, bosses, children, relatives, employees etc - we'd be truly free and happy. We'd feel totally free (i.e. irresponsible) or rather we'd do what we want without being answerable to any one.

The paradox is that there is no freedom if we take no responsibility for it. The less responsibility we take the less freedom we assume. Everyone else has more power over us then including our going out of the home, time we get up, what we eat etc. We need ask no permission for our freedom, at least most of us. Without responsibility there is no freedom.

The more freedom we take for ourselves, the freer we are. To be irresponsible then (read free) we have to assume complete responsibility.

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