Good commentary on these concepts in the Post today.
Our culture, which treasures freedom above any other value, is conflicted about what freedom means. Is it the raw assertion of my own will, in which any limitation of that will, whether imposed from without or embraced from within, makes me something less than what I should be? Or is freedom my capacity to choose to what great mission I will devote my energies, my talents, even my life? Does maximizing my freedom mean preserving only the capacity to choose, to keep my options open? Or is freedom noble precisely because it enables us to commit to a particular choice, one mission among a hundred options?
In this concept of autonomy, freedom and choice, what is being chosen matters as much as the fact that we have a choice. You might as well sit in a real prison if you are going to spiritually land yourself there anyway through bad choices.
While I’m at it, there was some good commentary on the same concepts published by my workplace, the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, last week.by