September 28, 2023


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Little Issues 265 : The Freedom of Selection

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Final week’s query: 

is it doable that individuals nowadays are extra anxious as a result of we’ve got the liberty of selection?


Listed below are the writings I discovered on the subject:

1) The Dizziness of Freedom, by Soren Kierkegaard, 

the dizzying impact of trying into the boundlessness of 1’s personal potentialities. With out nervousness, there could be no chance and due to this fact no capability to develop and develop as a human being. What was placing to Kierkegaard was the person’s full freedom to decide on one’s choices; it’s this freedom to decide on that creates dread and nervousness. 

He claimed that our freedom of will and selection, make us accountable for who we select to be. Now we have the liberty to reconstruct ourselves, depart our previous selves, and evolve for the higher. However this comes with a worth: we have to be accountable for all our selections and actions. It’s a blessing and a curse. 

I really like these quotes: “Freedom comes with accountability which is the other of freedom.” and “Selections include penalties, good and dangerous that are the other of selections”. 


2) The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

“It’s an statement that having many choices to select from, slightly than making individuals blissful and making certain they get what they need, may cause them to emphasize and problematize decision-making.” In his principle, he stated that selection has made us people not freer however extra paralyzed, not happier however extra dissatisfied. 

  • the extra choices we’ve got, the less choices we are likely to make
  • the extra selections we’ve got, the extra we really feel about lacking out on one thing 
  • extra inclined to dissatisfaction, disappointment
  • extra susceptible to nervousness


A small instance on this subject:

Final week I needed to eat a cake. This hardly ever occurs as a result of I am lactose illiberal, however on that day, I even determined to eat lactase enzyme simply so I might benefit from the event. We had 2 choices: Secret Recipe and Richiamo. So SR was positioned a bit farther from the place we have been at the moment, so we selected R as a substitute. I ordered my slice of cake and ate it. However sadly, it was horrible. So attributable to my anticipation and preparation to eat that slice of cake, my expectation was excessive, and when it did not attain my expectation, I used to be dissatisfied. Actually, dissatisfied and I saved on considering “Why did not I select Secret Recipe as a substitute”?

Even after every week, I nonetheless bear in mind the incident and wished I selected higher. 

Think about, if there have been no choices, just one cafe is accessible and the selection I’ve is both to have a cake or not. I’d don’t have anything to match it to, and the decision-making could be a lot simpler. 

So what is the correlation right here? 

I have been serious about what number of choices we’ve got these days. We will be whoever we need to be, we will eat no matter we would like, and we will select what to review, what to learn, who to marry, the place to go, and who to be buddies with, with the fashionable world and the web every little thing is sort of limitless.

All the pieces is a selection and there are simply too many choices. Each selection that we make may inform us who we’re, who we select to be, and who we need to be. It is a accountability in each selection. No marvel we are sometimes anxious, it’s onerous to have to decide on on a regular basis and we count on it to be the only option for us. 


So if having the liberty of selection is making me really feel dreadful and extra anxious, my query now could be, the way to discover the steadiness? How a lot freedom we’re purported to must be content material with our lives and never be taunted by different selections? Do I have to create my very own limitation? Am I anxious as a result of I’ve too many choices to select from and I am scared of selecting the unsuitable ones? Will I be extra content material with life if I’ve restricted freedom as a substitute? 

Thanks for studying my questions of the week.

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