Are You a Slave to Freedom? The Tyranny of Choice vs.

the Freedom of Christ
“These are fountains without water and clouds tossed with whirlwinds, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved. For, speaking proud words of vanity, they allure by the desires of fleshly riotousness. . . Promising them liberty, whereas they themselves are the slaves of corruption. For by whom a man is overcome, of the same also he is the slave” (St. eter!.

Freedom of ndifference
2! Freedom as ability to choose among as many options as possible with no attachments or restrictions, perpetual pursuit of happiness3freedom of indifference 4! Choice detached from any longings we might have 0hoice is the act of a pure, “indifferent” will subordinate to nothing but itself, including nature, reason, the %ood and our own desires. 5! !ducation, self#control unnecessary# “(an is born free but is everywhere in chains” (-ousseau!. 6! $appiness is freedom of choice itself, primacy of the transitive, external action, useful goods. 7! Virtue is the mere submission to arbitrary law, and not at all happy. 8! %a& is outside of us and restricts our freedom for order and e9uality. "t is based upon arbitrary will, against our “free” longings. “"t:s ;< as long as you don:t get caught.” =! Morality is duty, absolutely unrelated to personal happiness. (orality is >oylessness. Casey decision# “.t the heart of liberty is the right to define one:s own concept of e?istence, of meaning, the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”

Freedom of !"cellence
2! Freedom as ability to know, love, and possess the good to perfect one:s soul and attain happiness 4! Choice follows from our natural inclinations and our longing for truth, goodness, and happiness. 0hoice follows reason and inclination and is subordinate to the %ood. 5! !ducation, self#control necessary# “"n your patience you shall possess your souls” (;ur 'ord! 6!. $appiness is union with the ultimate good, primacy of the intransitive, interior action, valuable goods. 7! Virtue is re9uired for freedom, and acting with virtue produces happiness and >oy. 8! %a& is inside of us and educates us because it corresponds with our deepest longings# 'eo B""" “-eason prescribes to the will what it should seek after or shun. . .to the attainment of man:s last end, for which all his actions are to be performed. This ordination of reason is called law.” =! Morality frees us to be happy, virtuous, and >oyful. St. gnatius# “Take, 'ord, all my liberty, -eceive my memory, my understanding, and my whole will. &hatever " have and possess, $ou 'ord, have given all that to me. " now give it back to you, ; 'ord. .ll of it is yours. ,ispose of it according to your will. %ive me love of $ou along with your graceC that is enough for me.” 'utloo( of the Saint) 'oves the world as it has been created by %od.

'utloo( of the Psychopath) Creates the world according to his love. *-andom acts of kindness, senseless acts of beauty+ Mc,onalds) $ou deserve a break today@ -urger .ing) *)ave it your way@” %ucifer) Aon serviam@”

/esus) “$ou shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” Montfort) *&isdom is the cross, and the cross is &isdom.” Mary) “Fiat@ 'et it be done unto me according to Your word.

Faculty of the soul
True Freedom "ntellect &ill (emory

Theological Virtue
Faith 'ove )ope ,oubt .pathy/self love, randomness -esignation to despair, absurdity

Transcendental Property
Truth# eter# “$ou are the Son of %od” %oodness# “Father forgive them” *eauty# Transfiguration of +esus -elativism,Tolerance 0ynicism, brutality, sentimentalism 1gliness, banality, mediocrity

Modern Freedom "ntellect &ill (emory

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