Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Good Day to Delve into the Meaning of Freedom

Freedom can only thrive in a culture where self-giving, discipline and obedience overcomes Individualism, Hedonism, Minimalism – and their various sundry ally philosophies such as Relativism and Materialism. Great excerpt on freedom here. 
Are you thriving? Or are you just surviving? Discipline awakens us from our philosophical stupor and refines every aspect of the human person. Discipline doesn’t enslave or stifle the human person; rather, it sets us free to soar to unimagined heights. Discipline sharpens the human senses, allowing us to savor the subtler tastes of life’s experiences. Whether those experiences are physical, emotional, intellectual, or spiritual, discipline elevates them to their ultimate reality. Discipline heightens every human experience and increases every human ability. The life and teachings of Jesus Christ invite us to embrace this life-giving discipline. - by Matthew Kelly

1 comment:

David Nybakke said...

Linked here is a good article explaining what we must choose between - what is placed before us in every act we commit and every choice we favor and every decision we make. Today what is placed before us (as the article points out) is based in either Individualism, Hedonism, and Minimalism OR self-giving, discipline and obedience. We all are called to choose what is good for ourselves and that includes how we live out our vocation, which we each are called to, and thereby BEING "the good" that we are to those we interact with in any given moment (modeling after the model we imitate and are obedient to). It helps us see that we must not allow ourselves to be caught up in the relativism and materialism of “this world” – all this is tied into what it means to be free. In the end freedom is all about finally MAKING a choice for what your life is for and saying NO to all the other distractions. And the video shows us the cost of THAT freedom - nothing short of your life.