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The Good Place: A society to match the scenery (Michael L. Umphrey on gardening, teaching, and neighboring)


freedom and responsibility
   authors of their own lives


Ultimately, the debate about choice is not about markets but about character. Liberty and responsibility really do go together; it’s not just a platitude. The more freedom we have to control our lives, the more responsibility we have for how they turn out. In a world of constraints, learning to be happy with what you’re given is a virtue. In a world of choices, virtue comes from learning to make commitments without regrets. And commitment, in turn, requires self-confidence and self-knowledge.

“We are free to be the authors of our lives,” says Schwartz, “but we don’t know exactly what kind of lives we want to ‘write.’” Maturity lies in deciding just that. 

http://www.reason.com/0506/cr.vp.consumer.shtml

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