The blessing of choice
Choice is a blessing, which should be used and protected.
Choice is the ability to determine our own beliefs and actions in the universe. A rock has no choice, it must accept whatever fate the universe throws at it. A virus has a small amount of choice for it can act to determine an outcome to get access to a cell to reproduce. A dog has more choice, but it still must act within a strict number of possibilities such as fight or flight. Humanity has imagination, which means it can think outside of instinct, for instance a human facing a hungry polar bear could choose to throw a couple of seals to the polar bear to eat instead of choosing the instinctive fight and flight options.
It is interesting to learn that “heresy” is a Greek word meaning choice or a thing chosen. It was argued by the early Christian church that since a truth ultimately came from their God, and all creation had to obey the truth of their God then anything counter to this truth was evil. To the Christian church there was no choice, there was only the one truth which all had to obey. Those that chose, who exercised choice outside of the one truth were heretics, choice became seen as something evil.
In the early centuries of the Christian church there was a drive to fix their beliefs into one centralised dogma, which they achieved through a series of large committee meetings where a group of people decided what the truth would be. Often there was individuals or groups who argued a belief that was counter to the established universal truth, such as the argument for reincarnation declared as heresy by the Second Council of Constantinople in 553 CE. Supporters of a heresy were declared heretics and were either persecuted or killed.
My support of choice, and other beliefs that I express through Liberated Way would have had me jailed and burnt at the stake in my town of Colchester in past centuries by those that reject choice and demand I follow their own set of beliefs.
For each of us the ability to choose our beliefs and actions is a blessing. It saddens me that even today there are those who desire to take away the power of choice from their fellow human beings, whilst many are the people who have given away their choice to others to determine what they believe and do.