The Misrepresentation of Freedom

Several years ago many of us all were introduced to Tyler Durden.  We wanted to be him, we wanted to be free the way Tyler was free.  Free from want and free from need, free from everything that makes us feel chained down and held in one place. Most likely there is no one among us who hasn’t thought, at one time or another how great it would be if we were free to just pick up and do what ever we wanted; to move to another country, to be completely free to spontaneously make whatever decision sounds good, right, or just at any moment.  He spoke right to us about a life we had only dreamed about.  “You’re not your job.  You’re not how much money you have in the bank.” – “People do it everyday, they talk to themselves… they see themselves as they’d like to be, they don’t have the courage you have to just run with it.” – It’s only when we’ve lost everything that we are free to do anything.” We became fascinated with the glorified life of complete freedom, what were we thinking?  Is freedom worth losing it all? Because if we take a deeper look, we would find that true freedom only exists when everything but self is forsaken.  And then what’s there to live for, all the things that actually make life meaningful require submission.  Maybe that’s why Jesus spent more time talking about life as a servant then he did about a life of earthly freedom.  And then if we watch or read more carefully we would find that even Tyler’s story ended in submission.   To find oneself free from debt, free from material consumerism, free from sin would all be wonderful things, but to be completely free is to not be needed, cared about, depended on, or loved because unadulterated freedom requires a separation from anything real.  Is it possible that we weren’t meant to be free, but only to be more careful when selecting our masters, because as Tyler said, “This is your life, and it’s ending one minute at a time.”

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