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Exclusivity, and a desperate call for elders

I call this the Freedom Blog, but that doesn’t mean that freedom is always a good thing.

For instance, I often find myself worrying about the crippling dangers of Free Markets.  And the Charlie Hebdo thing brought attention to the shadow side of Free Speech.

A good dose of restrictive exclusivity can often be very wise when applied in the right places,

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Giving up Just Giving

I think I might have just accepted my last call from charities I used to support.

Back when I was earning enough money to pay tax, I also gave quite a lot to charity (not “a lot” in comparison to what I was spending on myself, but enough to make me feel like it was a lot). 

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Born into a life of crime

Beyond the narrow definitions of the legal system, what makes a criminal, in reality?  And might many good criminals have no choice from the start?

There is a reasonably widely-held concern that Western civilisation is based on well-meaning people blindly inflicting increasing amounts of death on vital, precious living systems. 

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I am Chris

“What do you do?”

I can’t describe how much I have struggled with this question, even when I thought I’d let it go.

I like to imagine a place many generations ago, where there were less people and they were a little more connected and aware of each other,

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Following orders

Freedom for me is not some selfish idea about being able to do whatever I want, but being able to live in accordance with my deepest values.

Since beginning to actually consider what those values might be, I have been astonished by the amount of obstacles that can sit in the way –

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Guilty about living

No matter how interesting I found any job I’ve had in the past (or in most cases how exciting I have tried to make them sound to myself), there are always things I know I would rather be doing.  Often this fact revealed itself to me through my living for the weekend or waiting for holidays. 

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The truth about inconvenience

I have been noticing more and more when my actions are lining up with my values and, even more, when they aren’t.

And along with this, I have found how terribly inconvenient it can be to enter into a relationship with my own values, rather than the ones that I adopted without thinking.

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Sublime schizophrenia

My wife walked in the front door the other day, or rather sprang in like a lynx, and proclaimed how happy she felt.  This was quickly followed by a dose of guilt about feeling that happy.  This, as I understand it, is not the first time in history that this has happened to someone.

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Talent, from Freedom’s perspective

Over several years I have slowly been arriving at the understanding of how dangerous and misunderstood the idea of talent can be.

Talent, the idea that a particular person has a particular gift; there are few more destructive, dream-killing, power-draining concepts.  The application of the idea keeps me in my cage,

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Sleeping in the forest and saving the world

Do I view the world as a safe or dangerous place?  As I was coming home from sleeping in the forest the other day, I realised this might be a rather important thing.

Last year, before I started doing it, the idea of spending a night alone in the woods seemed scary. 

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