Single Idea 9278

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / A. Freedoms / 5. Freedom of lifestyle]

Full Idea

We do not value freedom more than people did in earlier times, but we have identified the good life with the chosen life.

Gist of Idea

Nowadays we identify the free life with the good life


John Gray (Straw Dogs [2002], 3.13)

Book Reference

Gray,John: 'Straw Dogs' [Granta 2002], p.109

A Reaction

Interesting. This is Enlightenment liberalism gradually filtering down into common consciousness, especially via the hegemony of American culture. I sympathise the Gray; don't get me wrong, but I think freedom is overrated.