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To the extent that we do not listen to him or her with whom we would speak, we speak with a fiction, a phantom, a ghost.
Love’s shadow’s death; impossible, superfluous without death. Love, most tender, most vulnerable.
That not all that follows follows necessarily, yet that some that follows follows necessarily: this mix implies our freedom, provided that we learn to distinguish the two, and found our freedom on the stout stuff of necessity.
Objects, had they no bearing on our mortality, would be no objects at all. All we see is touches our mortality. All implies finitude.
Every right implies the opposite. There is no freedom without limitation. The freedom of speech implies that others haven’t the right to censor.
Libertarianism tends to be too corpuscular, too egocentric, to not recognize that every individual is inextricably bound to others.
There is no ‘I’ except there be a “you,” a “she,” a “he,” or a “they.” This recognition leads to a philosophy which looks carefully at the “we,” and thinks carefully of how we might maximize freedom for all.
We every day answer the question of life with who we are, with how we live, with every deliberate choice.
The metaphorical entails the literal, but not vice versa.