Merton On Freedom and Slavery

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No unshackled man is fully free until he believes that he can willingly surrender everything – and recognizes that he ultimately must.
Our everyday choices, together, first form the substance and depth of our lives, and then either empower our movements or anchor our feet.
Driven largely, as we so often are, by our own addictive behaviors, enslaving routines, trivial obsessions, and empty commitments, free will becomes little more than an exercise in consumerism and nextism – gathering unto ourselves neither eternal treasures nor simple daily awakenings.
Many of us die long before we are buried.
And the decisions that lead us to that place slowly trash our birthright, insult our lives down to our very DNA, and mock the one who set it all in motion

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