The Paradox of Freedom

What is freedom? Are we trapped?

I often wonder how does one know when they are truly free. A sensible person would reply that the more you can do, the more freedom you have. But the more you ponder that answer the more it makes another side to it apparent which is that the more you have to do in life to get by, the less freedom you actually have. So which is it? The following is an attempt to describe the paradox regarding the concept of freedom.

The Truth

What is the truth? How can we know?

DISCLAIMER: It goes without saying that this article is the expressed opinion and point of view of yours truly, of what I consider to be the truth (half-truth), and is meant for the purposes of entertainment, amusement and inspiration. It is not to be taken literally or seriously. The only real suggestion I make to the reader is to grab a glass of water and some snacks, because you’re in for a ride. Read on your own discretion.

The Inseparability of Everything

Is everything connected?

Did you know that our modern digital computers are based on a Chinese manuscript dating back for more than 2,400 years? The binary system of arithmetic, where every number can be represented by 1 or 0, was developed by Gottfried Leibniz who based his model on the ancient Chinese Book of Changes, - I Ching - where you flip a 64 sided coin of black and white to make help you make your decisions. Even though there are 64 possibilities, those possibilities are based on the two opposites of Yin and Yang, black and white.

This Title Was Not a Coincidence

What is randomness?

There is nothing random in this universe. Coincidences do not exist. Yet, I am excluding determinism from the equation. Now how can such a state of affairs be possible? It begins with one simple idea. The idea of mutual exclusivity. That is to say, that for every ‘thing’ in this cosmos to exist, it needs a mutually exclusive opposite – meaning that it seemingly “disconnects” itself from it. And this is how randomness came to be.

The Art of Questioning

Why do we ask questions?

Why do we question things? Or rather, why wouldn’t we? In all the history of the world, there has always been someone who questions the status quo. And the obvious reason for this is that if we don’t, we become stale, flattened out. There has to be always something that makes people wonder and thus ask questions. Even when a person is not very articulate, or is incapable of formulating coherent arguments, they should nonetheless asks questions.