Don’t Waste Your Freedom

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Freedom is wasted when not used for these ends: the pursuit of the true, the good and the beautiful.

“Life is not just a succession of events or experiences: it is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy. We must not allow ourselves to be deceived by those who see us merely as consumers in a market of undifferentiated possibilities, where choice itself becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth.” – Pope Benedict XVI (New Technologies, New Relationships.)

“Choice becomes the good, novelty usurps beauty, and subjective experience displaces truth”? Sounds uncomfortably familiar.

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