First, for most people, happiness is not an emotion they ever experiences, or maybe only in the smallest amounts. For most it's the ultimate goal, the
goal that drives them and what makes them get up in the morning.
There are only two emotions that drives humanity: and these are "fear" and "desire".... all the rest comes from these two.
Desire for happiness and fear that you will never have it.
As for freedom...
I think in essence we have total freedom.
You can choose not to eat or not to sleep. No one is stopping you or telling you that you can't do that, but it's you who has to live (or die) with
You can choose to not go to work today, but the concequence of that is undesirable.
You make the choices every minute of the day... most probably you will choose the path of less resistance, meaning the path that gives you the less
feelings of 'fear' and most of 'fullfilment'... it doesn't mean you where not free to choose the other way.
Each and every one of us is responsible for their own actions...
I think it is exactly because most of us are not willing to face the concequences of certain actions that they conclude that they don't have the
freedom to do them.
It's grand self-delusion.
Personally I can't stand it when ppl clame they have no freedom. Of course you have!
If someone wants to make himself a good life then he himself will have to put in the work and effort to create one. To say "I have no freedom" is an
excuse and in some individuals even a sign of lazyness!
MHO.... flame away
I know this women who is constantly saying she has no freedom.
She doesn't have a car so she can't find a good job... so she doesn't look for a job.
And she has a child... and since she doesn't have a job she can't pay for daycare, which again is why she doesn't have the freedom to look for a job!
And since she doesn't work she has little money so she doesn't have the freedom for a whole lot of things. And she goes on and on.
I say BS.
go on foot, take your bike, look for a carpool, no matter the job: DO something!
Then, she concludes in the most spiritual tone:
That is just the way my path is layed out for me! it's my destiny...
Now when someone says that to me, I really just want to smack them! 'it's destiny that I'm soooo miserable and I don't have a say in it".... how
There is always an option, even if it's the one you desire least of all.
There... always... is...the...freedom...of... a... choice.!
edit on 12/11/2012 by GypsK because: (no reason given)