Power vs Freedom

Tim Kreider in a witty New York Times essay ("Power? No, Thanks, I'm Good") muses about the yin-yang of negative vs positive liberty:

I would define power as the ability to make other people do what you want; freedom is the ability to do what you want. Like gravity and acceleration, these are two forces that appear to be different but are in fact one. Freedom is the defensive, or pre-emptive, form of power: the power that's necessary to resist all the power the world attempts to exert over us from day one. So immense and pervasive is this force that it takes a considerable counterforce just to restore and maintain mere autonomy. Who was ultimately more powerful: the conqueror Alexander, who ruled the known world, or the philosopher Diogenes, whom Alexander could neither offer nor threaten with anything? (Alexander reportedly said that if he weren't Alexander, he would want to be Diogenes. Diogenes said that if he weren't Diogenes, he'd want to be Diogenes too.)

... echoes of Sir Isaiah Berlin and "Two Concepts of Liberty". Kreider goes on to comment on self-awareness, non-attachment, proper estimation of one's own status, and a flock of other important issues.

Yes, and like both Isaiah Berlin and Robert Nozick, there's the joy of inspiring others to live a mindful, open, loving life ...

(cf. Embarrassed Libertarian (2000-05-28), Freedom Peace Commerce Education (2002-09-13), Core Buddhism (2011-10-17), Awakening Matrix (2019-04-29), ...) - ^z - 2019-05-27