Freedom Has Responsibility

“Free will is not the liberty to do what one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulses. There lies freedom indeed.” ~George MacDonald…

It is true that free will gives one the ability to do what they like. However, we each have within us the power to do so much more–to be good stewards of life, to be men of integrity and character, to do what “ought to be done even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulses.” And because we have this power, we have a duty to use it in great and positive ways.

There are some who take their freedom for granted; who see it more as an entitlement than as a great privilege and responsibility. Our freedom is wasted when we use it in such a manner. Let us assume I have come into possession of a basket of apples. I have the liberty to waste those apples–to perhaps let them rot because I have little need for them. I have the freedom to eat those apples myself–perhaps I feel I deserve them. I have the freedom to share them with others–to show concern and compassion to my fellow man. Additionally, I have the liberty to take the seeds from those apples and plant them to benefit all of humanity.

It is from our own free will that we will discover our ability to positively affect the lives of others. And when we recognize the incredible power of our own freedom, we create the opportunity to act on issues that need acting upon. Thereby consistently doing “what ought to be done,” we are truly and authentically being free.

Today, take what action needs taking… do what needs to be done.

Questions to consider:

How do you define freedom?

What does free will mean to you? How can you use your free will for the good of others?

What will happen in the world if all people start to take their freedoms for granted?

For further thought:

“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom assumes responsibility and most people are afraid of that responsibility.” ~Sigmund Freud

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