‘Freedom is nothing left to lose’ (Song: Bobby Mcghee).
Conversely, can acquisition of a product bring true freedom?
True freedom is much sought after. Giving away one’s possessions may be undertaken to achieve freedom. Is going without honourable, to people other than stoics? Some religions offer poverty as a virtue bringing salvation.
Can giving and impoverishment be a hangover cure for a binge of hedonism?
A person can give and take, at different times, without contradiction.
Reciprocation is expected. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked (Luke 12:48)
Why is taking balanced by giving? It makes sense in economics but maybe not in ethics.
What if the person gives all they have and it is not reciprocated? Would their condition be pitiable or enviable?
Minimalism removes the distraction of excess possessions so you can focus more on those things that matter most.Adam Smith described a state of “perfect liberty”— which became known as laissez-faire capitalism, freedom to make money — as most socially desirable. Or is minimalism the selfish squandering of opportunity?
Giving can mean transfer of more than you have, by sacrifice. Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own weight, this is a frightening prospect. According to Noam Chomsky: The more opportunity you have, the more responsibility you have. An individual’s first responsibility is to himself and his family, according to Jordan Peterson and Ayn Rand.
Should a person try to balance their giving and taking, so as to stay in credit?
Philanthrocapitalists like Gates, Zuckerberg, Musk and Bevos have achieved “spectacular fortunes” in the marketplace and may feel compelled to make a bigger impact, outside the marketplace, by giving. Carnegie gifted what would amount to billions of dollars today by taking a “modest salary” and donating the rest during his life and in his death. He believed that it was not only a moral imperative, but a social responsibility of the elite to support and grow local economies for lower classes. Noblesse Oblige prescribed that with great wealth comes the responsibility to give back to those who are less fortunate than oneself. Was this balance between taking and giving true freedom?
Ordinary individuals may want to balance their giving on a reduced scale.
The conundrum seems to have three dimensions: Freedom; Responsibility; Self sacrifice.
Through acquisition, giving and tolerance, independence may be possible daily.
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What would philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982) have said about our governments’ COVID-19 policies?
Invisible laws create guilt.
There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted and you can create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt.
Sacrifice is wrong.
‘An individualist is a man who says” ‘I will not run anyone’s life – nor let anyone run mine. I will not rule nor be ruled. I will not be a master nor a slave. I will not sacrifice myself to anyone – nor sacrifice anyone to myself.’
It is time to count the cost of restriction.
Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.
What should we be doing differently?