Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Freedom and Destiny

Anyone able to regard his or her own life and existence as an integral whole within the context of the whole, like the physicists, psychologists, and poets mentioned above, anyone able, as they were, to accept the future as the present, is accepting his or her own destiny. And acceptance of one’s destiny means freedom. And this freedom, once gained, has a remarkable corollary: that our freedom to affirm our destiny can be transformed to a great extent into a freedom from our destiny. (And it should be evident that in this transformation the potentiality for shaping ourselves is not excluded, but underscored, and that full acceptance of our responsibilities is required.)

Jean Gebser, Psyche & Matter: the Validity of The Dualistic Hypothesis
Poet and philosopher


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