Monday, March 02, 2009

freedom, fear, control, and law

Kent, who blogs at Faithfully Dangerous did a post back in Mid February titled Leading By Example or Playing Dictator .

He used a conversation between Mack and Sarayu from the book The Shack that I would like to share. Please enjoy:

"Mackenzie," Sarayu continued, "those that are afraid of freedom are those who cannot trust us to live in them. Trying to keep the law is actually a declaration of independence, a way of keeping control.""Is that why we like the law so much---to give us some control?" asked Mack.

"It's much worse than that," resumed Sarayu. "It grants you the power to judge others and feel superior to them. You believe you are living to a higher standard than those you judge. Enforcing rules, especially in it's more subtle expressions like responsibility and expectation, is a vain attempt to create certainty out of uncertainty. And contrary to what you might think, I have a great fondness for uncertainty. Rules cannot bring freedom; they only have the power to accuse."



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