Agency

11 Nov 2014

Arriving to Where you Love (Freedom vs. Agency)

in Agency, Ceptr, Collective Intelligence, Decentralization, Freedom, Social DNA

A friend was trying to engage me in a political discussion. This hadn't particularly gone well between us in the past, so I was wading in a bit reluctantly. 

I forget exactly what I said that provoked this response in him, maybe discussing some policy currently in consideration by the legislature, and he blurted: “Don’t you see? Less government is better government! Every law they make impinges on my freedom! That’s just how it works! That’s how it always works! The very nature of a law is a kind of restriction, so the fewer we have, the better off we are.”

I said: “I think you and I see freedom very differently. I can see why you say that any law restricts your freedom, but there are times that restricting freedom actually increases our agency. And what I’m committed to is maximizing agency, not freedom.”