Freedom Doesn't Come from Being Free

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Freedom doesn't come from being free.
One's choices are not wholly of one's will.
Reason cannot choose dispassionately,
There being too much sun for it to chill.
Yet one must choose at length, for good or ill.

So what might make one free in such a state?
Enduring choices fostered over time,
Vested in an accidental fate
Embedded in a well-conceived design,
Not free until a servant of some kind.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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