Living through a pandemic is challenging us all, in one way or another, especially in the days of lockdown when there were very few acceptable reasons for leaving our homes. In the midst of that, many were chafing at their loss of freedom even when they knew there were good reasons for this strategy. And even now, when we have more licence to be out and about, it’s a challenge to adapt to ongoing requirements for wearing masks and distancing.
True freedom comes from exercising autonomy over our lives. The consumer culture discourages us from thinking for ourselves, preferring that we adopt the cultural story about how to live.
Our challenge is to detach ourselves from the cultural story and look at the illusions surrounding freedom and choice.
- Has the use of credit given you freedom or put you in bondage?
- Is it an either/or question?
- If it’s “both/and,” what makes the difference?
It’s something worth thinking about if we want to make our own lives.
Reference chapter: “Power and Money” in Conscious Spending. Conscious Life.