July 1, 2008

Weapon of Choice

So my little rant yesterday got me thinking about the nature of choice. With the ability to choose (free will) comes the responsibility to accept the consequences.

Choose to walk across the street, take the chance that you get run down by a driver. Choose to take care of yourself, you might just turn that head your way and meet someone new.

Choose to study and you should do better on that test. Choose not to vote, and you accept that you just gave away your legal route to deciding who helps run this place.

It seems curious to me that the biggest hot button topics in relationships (politics, religion, money) are tightly entwined in the most meaningful, most consequential choices we can make. And yet they're forbidden topics in so many circles.