“we’re suppose to get in a place like this isn’t really about the capacity to think, but rather about the choice of what to think about.” (14)
“It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience.” (54)
“You get to consciously decide what has meaning and what doesn’t.” (95)
“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom.” (120-121)
There are so many arguments and discussions on freedom between us, among us, and how liberal arts education should be, how to bring up a real happy, capable, and independent person through our education system.
The questions accumulate but never been completely solved, though I’ve read you, and you, and you, etc.
Now I wonder why a person delivered such a speech end up with committing suicide because of depression. Why a person knows how to achieve “the real freedom” end up with giving the chance to achieve it.
The value in this book belongs to idealist, not really compatible with human societies in their current developing stages.
If every college graduates may read this speech before entering the adult society, maybe things will change for the next generation.
About the author:
So close to Pulitzer Prize, was taught in Emerson college and several liberal arts college.
Dad is UIUC’s emeritus professor; sister practices laws.