“A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
I thought this was an insightful quote from this great doctor of the Church. He seems to be suggesting that our choices are truly only “free” if we are using our rational thought – if we are rationally embracing our power of free will.
So he’s making some big distinctions between the kinds of choices we make. When we simply choose an action based on emotion or some other feeling, are we truly acting freely? Or are we acting as a slave to that feeling or emotion? Perhaps it is in our rational thought that the choice truly becomes free. It is then that we have viewed the facts, rationally thought them through, and made a choice free from any other influence. Then we have done so freely.
What do you all think?