Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Something Against Liberation

My difficulty is simple. Liberation presumes a prior lack of freedom. The change from a state lacking freedom to one of possessing freedom lies in the future. Seeking this change of state however fervently just as fervently asserts this lack of freedom. Escape from a lack of freedom is a mirage, or maybe a carrot at the end of a stick for a jackass hard at work. 

If there is such a thing as liberation it is resolving to live as if one were already free. This resolve is an internal event and is no respecter of the obstacles encountered in one's environment. Freedom, if it means anything, is living according to what one knows to be true, even as discoveries along life's way are made.

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