The notion of ‘being free’ appears widely understood – you may recall Freddie Mercury of ‘Queen’ singing “I want to break free”
“…When I walk out that door. Oh how I want to be free, baby.
Oh how I want to be free
Oh how I want to break free”
People frequently sing along – it clearly connects with popular sentiment!
However, the song continues…
“But life still goes on. I can’t get used to living without,
living without you by my side
I don’t want to live alone, hey”
So the song identifies a paradox – wanting to be free of attachments – but not alone!
We have learned that working together is really effective – together we can achieve much more than we can on our own. An experience shared seems to have more value, too.
We value connection.
Similarly, we have our own unique wants and needs – which often put us in conflict with the wants and needs of others – hence our desire to be ‘free’ to do what we like.
We value freedom.
The problem is that these two ‘human values’ appear to be mutually exclusive.
However, appearances can be deceptive. We have a solution