Freedom

 

1. THE VIEW THAT THERE REALLY IS NO FREEDOM:

Under this view, you can determine outcome A, B, or C in a person by changing the stimulus.

 
 
2. THE VIEW THAT FREEDOM CONSISTS IN OUR ABILITY TO CHOOSE OUR RESPONSE TO THE STIMULI:

This view takes the stimulus as a given and says that given the stimulus, we still have the ability to choose between course A, B, or C.

 
 
3. THE DEEPER VIEW OF FREEDOM IMPLICIT IN THIS MATERIAL:

 

This material says that while we of course have the ability to choose between courses A, B, and C, our freedom is actually far deeper and greater than that it is deeper because the stimulus isn’t a given. Our choice of way of being actually changes the way we see and experience stimulus. The diagrams below help to illustrate this deeper view of freedom:

The way we view the world and all that it throws at us is a function of our way of being. For example, in the box, we experience unkind words one way; out of the box, we experience them another way. The stimuli in these two cases will seem different to me based on my way of being. So our view of the stimuli we encounter is already a matter of choice. Freedom is essential to our experience of this entire diagram. It is not just limited to whether we do A, B, or C.

 

And obviously, this deep choice also determines how we do A, B, or C should we choose to do them.

 

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