EMIL CIORAN In every man sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world.
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Thomas Merton from The New Man
Freedom of choice is
not, itself, the perfection of liberty. But it helps us take our first
step toward freedom or slavery, spontaneity or compulsion. The free man
is the one whose choices have given him the power to stand on his own
feet and determine his own life according to the higher light and spirit
that are in him. The slave, in the spiritual order, is the man whose
choices have destroyed all spontaneity in him and have delivered him
over, bound hand and foot, to his own compulsions, idiosyncrasies and
illusions, so that he never does what he really wants to do, but only
what he has to do.