Biehus is reflecting today on the powerful, and apparently controversial, concept of “choice”. What does it mean to choose? What does it mean to have freedom?
Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure. Scott Adams, cartoonist
Choice and execution are the prerogatives and conquests of a liberated soul. Maria Montessori, physician
If freedom is a requisite for human happiness, then all that’s necessary is to provide the illusion of freedom. B.F. Skinner, psychologist
To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there. Kofi Annan, 7th Secretary General of the United Nations
perhaps the poem road not taken by robert frost captures the quandary best. often cited is the last line: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. However this lovely quotation is taken out of context. A few lines earlier he writes, Though as for that, the passing there, Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay, In leaves no step had trodden black.
when two roads diverge in a yellow wood, how then does one choose which path to travel?