A Meditation on Life: My First Act of Faith

I don’t seem to choose my thoughts.

They seem to choose me… and take me along for the ride, oftentimes against my will.

And so I wonder…

Is it possible that freedom is the grandest delusion of all time?

… a trickster artifact of an evolving organ capable of self-consciousness and reflexive deliberation?

… an emotional rejection of determinism in a conceited attempt to feel more special than I really am?

… a naïve and foolhardy effort to make too much sense of an absurd existence?

Then again, freedom may be the most infinitely precious thing in the universe.

And so I commit myself to freedom… not on logical, but on eminently moral grounds.

I commit myself to freedom because I refuse to be a mere effect.

I commit myself to freedom because I refuse to be a hapless victim condemned to an inevitable, even if unpredictable, trajectory in an indifferent universe.

I commit myself to freedom because rejecting it relinquishes my power… ALL of it… by virtue of the absolute law of self-fulfilling prophecy.

I commit myself to freedom because, without it, all talk of character, virtue, ethics, and love is non-sense.

I commit myself to freedom because every attempt to escape from its responsibilities causes me pain.

Next Meditation: Seek and Ye Shall Find

2 thoughts on “A Meditation on Life: My First Act of Faith

  1. Wonderful article; well-expressed commitment to freedom. For me, committing to freedom is committing to life which to me is the reason for everything. There is life and we can go along like driftwood on a river until discarded on a bend, under a bank. Or we can choose self-empowerment, which you call freedom, and we can teach ourselves how to swim the current. Now we have choice of direction.

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