Some Forms of Freedom Are Actually Slavery

“It is, at the very least, instructive to realize that our freedom might just as well be seen–from certain more antique perspectives–as a kind of slavery: to untutored impulses, to empty caprice, to triviality, to dehumanizing values. And it can do no harm occasionally to ask where a concept of freedom whose horizon is precisely and necessarily nothing–a concept that is, as I have said, nihilist in the most exact sense–ultimately leads.” -David Bentley Hart, Atheist Delusions, pg. 105


One comment on “Some Forms of Freedom Are Actually Slavery

  1. Bonsai says:

    …and some forms of rigidity are the source of mental illness and suicide.

    But generally I agree with you. I became addicted (in a way) to the Japanese culture for it’s ritualistic processes and prescribed ways of doing daily tasks. It was good to a point, to the dregree that some of the customs allowed for efficiency, discipline, and an aesthetic life, but in other ways the rigidity allowed those in a position of authority (parent, teacher, spouse…) to shame the non-conformer. This caused much pain in our house.

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