A Meditation on Faith: 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 entire cosmos.

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… 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

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