Friday, August 14, 2009

The two conditions of freedom

"When are men truly free? Men are not free when their action is determined by a mere whim or caprice. In such a case the whim or caprice is their master. Men are not free when an authority of some kind forces them to do something whose essential rightness or importance is not apparent to them. In true freedom two conditions must be fulfilled. One is the universal validity or worth of what one is asked to accept; the second is the personal voluntariness with which one is able to act. Such freedom is reflected in the line of the hymn, 'Make me a captive, Lord, and then I shall be free.' . . . There is no serfdom involved when the human spirit becomes the voluntary joyous agent of the Infinite and the Holy."

John A. Mackay, God's Order: The Ephesian Letter and This Present Time, pages 65-66.