Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Daring to Talk About Freedom?

...It is not true that people want to be free.  They want all the advantages of independence without the duties or difficulties of freedom.

Jacques Ellul, The Subversion of Christianity, 1986, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, pg. 167

Tyrants are not to be feared today, but our own frantic need of security is.  Freedom inevitably means insecurity and responsibility.  But we moderns seek above all to be responsible for nothing.  Yet we want an air of freedom, an appearance of liberty.  We want to vote.  We want a party system.  We want to travel.  We want to choose doctors and schools.  In relation to such trivialities we dare to talk of freedom.

Jacques Ellul, The Subversion of Christianity, 1986, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, pg. 169

Posted by John Venlet on 05/09 at 01:28 PM
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