Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Freedom and Responsibility

To the extent that we're responsible, life is tragicomic and we are free. To the extent that we're not responsible, life is a melodrama or horror story and we are not free. If we want to be able to laugh at ourselves and forgive others, it seems to me that we should cultivate self-discipline and generosity, not excuses.

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6 comments:

laurie said...

I know what inspired this...

Viking Andrew said...

Thomas Bernhard and some of the anti-Enlightenment group might disagree. Your thoughts, redbeard.

Internet John said...

I'm not familiar with Bernhard. What did he say?

Viking Andrew said...

Here's a weird interview with him, and here are some stories from his book The Voice Imitator. All the stories are one paragraph long.

Internet John said...

Thanks. I'll check that out when I have some free time two weeks from next Monday.

Troy Camplin said...

Good stuff. You're dead-on right. Ignore anti-Enlightenment thinkers, as they all reject any sort of personal responsibility. Blame it on everyone else -- that's the mantra of Rousseau and Marx. Of course, the best Enlightenment thinkers are the Scots.