- Feb 21, 2008
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On a purely philosophical or idealist level rather than the normal pragmatic one..... how is one really free if having to live in a society that demands you having to do things that you are not passionate about, or can't make use of your natural talents, etc etc and therefore live a somewhat miserable, unrealized existence?
I've always kinda wondered about how many people are so vocal about 'freedom' from governmental type tyranny but say nary a word about economic and/or social tyranny.
Like i said.... I know the answer in pragmatic, real world terms. However, as a purely philosophical type exercise, in think it's a valid question, imo
You certainly raise a good philosophical point. I think the reality is that freedom is compromised by the social construct of society. One must, perhaps unwillingly, sacrifice some personal liberty to enjoy the benefits of said society. I don't have a problem with someone following their heart/dream. In fact I admire it. But at the same time, don't cry about your student loans or how you can't afford to rent an apartment when you spent $150k on a degree in English.
Most "anti govt" types that I know support the right of someone to follow their dream. They just don't want to be on the hook if that dream isn't realized or profitable at govt gunpoint.