Posted by: sailingspirit | September 15, 2012

Freedom and Choice

Some clamp down on others’ freedom to make choices in life because they fear other people will make the wrong choices.  However, without the freedom to choose amongst multiple options, people cannot receive credit for making the right choice.  Compulsory obedience is empty, void of character Choices based in fear cause people to shrink back, not grow.  People clasp tightly instead of reaching out, aspiring to make someone else’s life a little better.  Thus, those who aim to control others’ behavior via controlling their freedoms to choose are guilty of making our world a place of decreasing character, of increasing fearfulness and selfishness, and of stealing other people’s creditability.

I, for one, prefer to look for leaders who live the example well enough to make others notice to jealousy.  People who inspire, not conspire.  It would appear today, despite the “culture war” everyone is talking about, in spite of the mass media you can’t hardly find respite from, too many people no longer believe that living by example causes change.  Their impatience-driven aggression is ugly.

It may be a much more mild version, but it is a version of the spirit of torture, isn’t it?



  1. I agree with you – and even if we make the ‘wrong’ choice, it will help us in the future to take the better path next time.

    • Indeed, the fear of error is also a fear of the learning process.

  2. it was greatly riveting to look over your blog, I want to reproduce your post in my blog. It can ? And you et an account on Twitter?

    • Thanks for letting me know you appreciate the content. I honestly don’t know how re-featuring works on WordPress, since I’ve never tried it. What I can recommend is making a brief introductory entry on your blog page, telling your readership why you liked the “Freedom and Choice” post or how it impacted your thinking, and then including a hyperlink to SailingSpirit where the post is located. I hope that helps you. Have a blessed day.

  3. You and I agree on fear driven decision making. Those that let fear drive them can’t hold any high level of any management effectively. That includes Household management too.

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