Wednesday, July 2, 2014

compulsion and freedom

the basic trouble with the modern world is the intellectual fallacy that freedom and compulsion are opposites. to solve the gigantic problems crushing the world today, we must clarify our mental confusions. We must acquire a philosophical perspective. In essence, freedom and compulsion are one.
Traffic lights restrain your freedom to cross the street whenever you wish. But this restraint gives you the freedom from being run over by a truck.

If you were assigned to a job and prohibited from leaving it, it would restrain the freedom of your career but it would give your freedom from the fear of unemployment.
Whenever a new compulsion imposed on us, we automatically gain a new freedom. The two are inseparable. Only by accepting total compulsion can we achieve total freedom.

~Fountain Head by Ayn Rand