People have paid lips service to freedom, the defense of freedom, and the exercise of free speech.
But few put any thought on the price of freedom. Freedom somehow is perceived as being free
(i.e. you don’t have to pay anything, in economic terms). Actually, freedom costs a lot.
Many lives have been laid down in service of freedom, many limps cut off to defend it.
The opposite of freedom is not tyranny: it’s the illusion that one is free when actually not.
Have you ever been in a situation where you need to have a drink, or a puff of cigarette
(or worse). Those were occasions when you were not being free. Then, at the political level, you defend your personal position, and your philosophy/faith.
But at what price? And do you truly know yourself and your belief? Have you been tested or truly challenged?
Many psychological studies (Standford was…
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