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Aphorisms on freedom

by Alex — Sun 11 October 2015

Freedom, being an expression of our utopian desire, is overloaded.

One moment of freedom: being able to go further than you want and choosing not to. Put another way: having multiple, exclusive, guaranteed outcomes, yet finding satisfaction with choosing just one.

The set of choices made in the above manner amounts to the quantitatively measurable degree of self-determination: in making choices within the above parameters you choose, over time, who you are.

This is not a normative statement: in the absolute absence of the above conditions individual self-determination is absent. The lower the frequency of choices within the above parameters, the less scope for individual self-determination exists. Absence of the above conditions is still the norm.