Please pardon me while I “reblog” this fine article! I could not think of any better a way to express what you have so eloquently stated here.
That aspect of “freedom” (and “liberty”) is becoming more and more a mystery to most. Being that it is so intangible (for lack of a better description), it is necessarily difficult for “science” to properly and conclusively define it in terms of “measurability” and even quantify it, in terms of its mathematical expressions and theories. This limited view and thinking is where we get such theories like Dr. Stephan Hawking’s own ruling out the existence of genuine “Free Will”, and instead, subscribing to the view that it is all dictated by chemical reactions in the brain. Such a minimalist view belies the very essence and complexity of Nature, and all things therein. Freedom is necessarily complex and unquatifiable precisely because it is about exploring and expanding our concepts of “reality”, as We perceive it.
It is also precisely this brand of thinking that refuses to acknowledge that we have our own realities, and then the shared reality. I know of just one specific individual, personally, who believes there is only ONE reality, and we are all in IT.
Thank you for a very well-written article, Jon. This will make a fine reference for my teaching library, as it is very succinct and to the point, without belaboring the obvious to death!
– Rev. Dragon’s Eye,
Founder and Editor,
“Through The Eyes of A Dragon”