Freedom is difficult, but be careful of wishing for fences

Be careful what you wish for… In the Zoo, the animals are safe in their cages, they are fed 3 meals a day, the fence keeps out predators and competition (isn’t that what Trump promised?).

We have to be careful what we wish for.

Freedom comes with a price, and that price is called responsibility. We need to practice the responsibility that allows us to deal with true freedom.

From Peter Drucker:

“The Nature of Freedom

Freedom is never a release and always a responsibility.

Freedom is not fun. It is not the same as individual happiness, nor is it security or peace or progress. It is a responsible choice. Freedom is not so much a a right as a duty. Real freedom is not freedom from something; that would be licence. It is freedom to choose between doing or not doing something, to act one way or another, to hold one belief or the opposite, It is not “fun” but the heaviest burden laid on man: to decide his own individual conduct as well as the conduct of society and to be responsible for both decisions.”

If you liked this, you will like reading Freedom is Not Fun.

4 responses to “Freedom is difficult, but be careful of wishing for fences”

  1. Excellent lessons for life Conor. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thanks Manuel! Pity the snow kept you in your cage this week… let’s talk soon 😉

  2. With freedom comes complete autonomy and accountability. It is empowering but it demands a lot from us. Including perseverance and courage to press on when our new found freedom has brought us down an unknown path.

    1. …and the need to prepare our children and all those around us for the “freedom to fail”. If you haven’t got freedom to fail, you ain’t got freedom… but it comes with an emotional toll.

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