Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Responsibility and freedom............

     The difficulty we have in accepting the responsibility for
our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the
consequences of that behavior..........Whenever we seek to
avoid the responsibility for our own behavior, we do so by
attempting to give that responsibility to some other individual
or organization or entity.  But that means we then give away
our power to that entity, be it 'fate' or 'society' or the
government or the corporation or our boss.  It is for this
reason that Erich Fromm so aptly titled his study of Nazism
and authoritarianism Escape from Freedom.  In attempting
to avoid the pain of responsibility, millions and even billions
daily attempt to escape from freedom.

-M. Scott Peck     excerpted from The Road Less Traveled

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