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- The Individual
- Society – Empathy
- Apathy, Actions,
- Hand Ups,
& Truth or Hypocrisy
Taking Action for a Better Tomorrow
Choosing Between Current Leaderships (eBook) - (YouTube)
The Mountain and The Mouse (eBook) - (YouTube)
Incompetence, Impracticality, Corruption, and Failure, sometimes not such a ‘bad thing’! (eBook) - (YouTube)
"Choosing Between Current Leaderships"
It seems to me, we politically, are being driven to choose between Corruption and Incompetence or Weakness and Cluelessness. (PS. VOTE ANYWAY - USE IT OR YOU WILL LOSE IT!)
"The Mountain and The Mouse"
The mountain has been there before the mouse and will probably be thereafter. But it is the mouse and its offspring that are in reality more powerful.
Incompetence, Impracticality, Corruption, and Failure, sometimes not such a ‘bad thing’!
Therefore, ironically, I sometimes wonder if it is not for the better or such a ‘bad thing,’ that either position is unable to fully realize or complete their full fantasy of goals. My immediate reasoning for this is that the one that could fully reach their fantasy of goals, might be the one that, I fear. And, even if it were the one that I agree with, there is always the danger that the side that I agree with would see their success as justification to go to the extreme.
“Coalitions and Alliances Crossing Over Borders in our New World”
Cross border factions are finding new alliances in the normally considered opposing nation. National boundaries are no longer absolute indicators of opposing forces. All sides are increasing with disruptions to traditional unity within nations. On a global scale how, the world will react to these new divisions and cross border alliances and support will be a true test for humanity and the future.
“Changes for A Learning Opportunity”
There are a lot of different changes happening in our world right now and they are being experienced simultaneously. And all these, can and often do, affect the courses and outcomes of one another, thus creating the whole. It is the cumulative combinations of these changes and how they impact one another that we tend to ignore, until it is too late.
A New Dark Age?
Are we on the cusp of another dark age, in comparison to where we currently stand?
The following does not even include the current strains and situations placed upon the world systems and networks of the economic, environmental, trade, food, and medical distribution. And differing positive and negative separates movements. Nor does it consider the instruction of the younger generations that are currently hampered due to our inability to adjust the times, of which the lasting effects remain to be seen. Even the argument of what is truth has become a point of debate for many.
In this current ...
Protecting Noble and Just Causes from the Extremist:
... When a message is defined by the extremist the meaning, importance, and often the validity of the message can become distorted and clouded behind the rhetoric and the image of the extremist. We cannot let ourselves or others be deceived by the extremist rhetoric. Common sense and practicalities can become lost when the extremist leads.
What I fear is that something that is important that needs to be protected will not be. ...
Let me be very clear, I believe we currently need capitalism. We need capitalism to stimulate ingenuity, creativity, prevent slothfulness, stimulate livelihoods, et cetera. The simple motivation of the individual to increase their chances or better themselves cannot be lost or ignored either. However, capitalism is under threat. But when I hear people discussing this threat, I rarely hear proponents asking the tough question of how it is possible that some are so susceptible to socialism.
Unfortunately, in the minds of many people, capitalism has moved away from being a reward of motivation to better themselves or their situations, and a means for conquering challenges, encouraging ingenuity, hard work, and industriousness. Instead, it has become perceived as a means ...
... In these times we cannot afford for capitalism to become tarnished. Unless we police ourselves, many more may very well begin to abandon it.
Dangers of the Slippery Slope
Sometimes the gradual implementation is more concerning than the spur of the moment. The spur of the moment action has less true forethought and can be brought into the light for response easier than the gradual action that has an implanted foothold. The gradual indoctrination and justification into anything can be slow, incremental, and of negligible concern until it is too late. The gradual chain of events and eventualities that branch from the slow and incremental implementation can have more forethought, be more insidious, and have stronger foundations than the spur of the moment action. These gradual or justifiable changes can be easily implemented as reactionary or precautionary measures. However, they often all have the same disastrous consequences as the spur of the moment actions.
It is the gradual acceptance and normalization of the extremes by the more moderate of us that is most dangerous. ...
Rise and Consequence of the Radical or Extremist
The creation of the radical or extremist is not an accident. We can create the extremist initially through our actions or inactions. And what is worse is that the insertion of any extremist has the tendency to exacerbate situations and encourage and embolden other extremists on all sides. In fact, extremism on either side will eventually bring more extremism from both sides. Even the presence of the extremist can invite the opposite extremist.
Combating the extremist with the opposite extremism only invites more extremists and extremism on both sides. ... Just as one may take a large handful of something as they reach into a covered bowl, hoping to retain a few or the select items that they want. They may grab for the handful, in the extremist, in the hope that a few may remain.
... With the rhetoric of the extremist, practicality and even morality can become secondary. No matter where your loyalties or beliefs lie, the majority, and especially those that follow, will eventually pay the price for the extremists.
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This book is a point of view and an observational look from a common man at the progression of our societies, humanity, and our world. It is a look at where our various societies and humanity and the world have been, currently are, and are headed in general. What do we do when it appears that uncertainty and change not only seem to be constants in your world but also appear to be at a heightened level? What lies in the future? Whatever does lie in our future, we must remember, in our concern for the future, that our course is often predicated on and laid out in the present. What we do right now is the greatest determining factor for the future.
I want to help us survive. My basic motivation has always been the survival and advancement of our societies, humanity, and the world. But the problem in reading works such as this, as with any philosophical literature, is that the author consciously or unconsciously will attempt to persuade the reader. So, I do apologize if there is any feeling of persuasion. It is also important to remember that the meaning of a message is soured when reward is expected in exchange for delivery. No matter what a person may say, how easily one can assume they are a liability when it is believed they are only there for their own needs. Thus, I do not wish my writings to be tainted by the view that I seek personal compensation beyond the survival and advancement of humanity.
Again, I reiterate that my main purpose is not persuasion, but I do hope that we will all think about how our actions affect ourselves, others, and the world, and how they will affect the actions and the world of people not yet born. I hope this book will have you ask a variety of questions, both of yourself and about the world around you.
I do not claim to know anything new; I just restate what many of us have been thinking. I have posed some questions without answers and given some answers without asking the questions. I hope that my writing will help us think about our actions more, instead of being just viewed as irrelevant words. I hope my writing, and what I have done, will help. I hope it will be accepted as a legitimate piece of work and not seen as just another piece of “cardboard philosophy”1 created by another crazy idiot.
… I feel that something is happening worldwide. I believe that we now stand at the “threshold” of current society and maybe even the future of our species.
… Some changes are occurring that are beyond the ability and daring of our modern world to even report. No matter where our politics, beliefs, or tendencies lean, we must admit that there are strange movements and occurrences happening now. …
… Like the parable of the experiment of a frog in boiling water.
… Are we that frog, the pan our world, and the increasing temperature of water our current situations? …
… We now stand at a very important crossroads in human history. … We have a human desire to seek out solutions or to find stability from those who can promise them. Too often, many of these extremists, radicals, or opportunists will come in the form of tyrants. Many can be under the influence of these tyrants who promise them what they want to hear. However, they only deliver tyranny in the form of advancement for themselves and their cohorts. …
… The disenfranchised can be a valuable base of recruitment for the radical or extremist.
… To prevent this, it is best to supply the disenfranchised with a reason not to grasp for the radical or extreme message or messenger. …
… As long as we listen to others who are more concerned about overstuffing their bellies and billfolds today than about the survival needs of tomorrow, tomorrow is in jeopardy. When we focus on short-term gains rather than the long-term consequences, we become vulnerable to those consequences. …
… When there is imbalance, some may be naturally drawn to the extremes. In the search for balance some may be drawn to an extreme in the hope of combating what they feel may be a different extreme.
… Extremism can give birth to opposing extremism where it may have never existed. …
… In anything, when there is imbalance, instability will naturally occur. Imbalance given enough time will naturally lead to instability if there is not rebalance beforehand. The natural conclusion of continuous instability is a fall or collapse. Falls are inevitable when instability is unresolved, especially beyond the tipping point. In other words: without balance a fall or collapse will become inevitable. …
… The extremist or radical does not realize that they are a slave to cycles. Do not be a slave! …
… But in this it is important to remember that as with all cycles, balance will at some point eventually come. However, the balance may not be something that we expect or even can predict. So, logically, would it not make more sense for us to create an equation of balance that is the most favorable to us? Would it not be better to initiate our own balance before balance finds itself on its own? Of course, who said that humanity is logical? …
… Democracy, or self-determination, is a very vital element of society, but yet it can be very fragile. We must be cautious, not allowing it to slip between our fingers, for once lost it is very difficult to regain. …
… In order to keep our personal freedoms and rights, we must unfortunately continually defend those rights and freedoms. …
… All must have the ability to choose, coupled with the responsibility and knowledge to form their views or make their own decisions. …
… Some would have us choose between:
1.) A form of extreme socialism or communism that subjugates the individual (subjugation to the few in an illusion of serving the masses or the greater good), with the possibility of being forced to support those who can support themselves at a loss to our own. These extreme forms ultimately only result in the illusion of equality and freedom. …
2.) One of the many various forms of fascism, which seeks some form of suppression, exclusion, and subjugation as well as the destruction of equality, dismantling of individuality, and elimination of freedoms. …
3.) A form of extreme capitalism that takes advantage to the point of suppression or inflicting detrimental long-term loss and damage. A form of crony capitalism. A form of what someone from my past once referenced as “corpocracy.” Or, a form of capitalism that poses unnecessary risks to survival. …
4.) An extreme or distorted form of nationalism or isolationism, where the nonconformist or even every individual is suppressed, subjugated to the few in power, or eliminated altogether. …
… All of these extremes and others
… become ill-equipped to deal with the changing world. …
… When it comes to isolationism, nationalism, socialism, fascism, communism, capitalism, global collaboration, or globalization we cannot afford the luxury of overreaction, nastiness, shortsightedness, or immaturity. …
… Sometimes the gradual implementation is more concerning than the spur of the moment. The spur of the moment action has less true forethought and can be brought into the light for response easier than the gradual action that has an implanted foothold. The gradual indoctrination and justification into anything can be slow, incremental, and of negligible concern until it is too late. …
… Are we close to a worldwide revolution?
… If so, what type of revolution?
… How dangerous or unpredictable could these actions turn? Or is this what is needed for the advancement, or maybe even just the survival of the species?
… Perhaps, it is time for a revolution not only of leadership, but one that is also sponsored by the collective realizations of us all. A revolution of being.
… We must not think of the contemporary version of “revolutions,” but of how they may have been defined as “revelations” millenniums ago. …
… The revolutions of tomorrow may be conventional and unconventional and both governmental and non-governmental. They may happen in what first appears to be unconnected and unrelated circumstances or events. …
… But we must remember that revolution is like a wildfire. Wildfires can be so easy to start, on purpose or by accident, and once it begins, it can be difficult or impossible to control. …
Isolationism, or distorted nationalism, can bring suffocation and stagnation, is impractical, and cannot be completely or indefinitely maintained in a globally connected world.
Globalization, or global collaboration, can bring the loss of identity, culture, and independence.
I am personally very concerned with the current representations and extremes of both of these. I am also concerned that in these times there are forces that would have us choose between these, instead of other options. Based on my own perceptions of the implementation of these, I relate that choice to the following crude analogy: Would you prefer being kicked in the head or the groin? …
… Isolationism can not only create weakness and make a society vulnerable to the outside, but also create the extremists on either or both sides within the society. Isolationism also provides a void that can give birth to and nurture the radical and extremist. …
… Isolationism can also be just as great, or even greater, of a threat than the radical or extremist. …
… Isolationism imposes mental stagnation, which is contrary to human nature. Human nature cannot be avoided forever or completely.
… And, those who cannot adapt fade into history. …
… Globalization, or global collaboration, is something that gives me great anxiety, apprehension, and concern, considering our current state in the world, our current development as a global community when it comes to respecting humanity, and certain concerning human predilections.
… Globalization must be handled as one might handle a loaded gun. Simply getting rid of this gun does not remove the possibility that someone else may have another gun. Once traveling on the path to globalization, it cannot be entirely forgotten or reversed. Globalization could also be likened to a knife: it is a tool that can be used to create, maintain, or destroy. …
… Ironically, it is not only global collaboration or globalization that we should concern ourselves with.
… We must concern ourselves also with those who promote themselves or their agendas based on combating globalization.
… There are those who are now pursuing and promoting extreme or distorted isolationism, nationalism, religious doctrines, economic isolation, or dominance, as well as those who may even be forming global alliances under the guise of nationalism, isolationism, self-preservation, or thwarting globalization.
… Do not be blind to the fact that many who would tout nationalism or isolationism are now globalizing among themselves. …
… As the world becomes figuratively smaller, it becomes even more important to protect individuality, free will, independence, and autonomy.
… The need of society for the individual is essential. The individual is the vitality of society.
… The independence of the individual renews society.
… When we fail to avoid stagnation, we fail to evolve and adapt.
…When a society is no longer capable of learning, the society is doomed to wither. …
… In our modern media-saturated and technological world, it may appear that the individual is powerless. But in actuality, the individual has never before had so much power to effect and create change.
… The increased interconnectivity and interdependence of the world has only bettered and amplified conditions for those who would have been virtually voiceless in the past.
… We can feel as if our one small single act is but a drop in the ocean, with no significant impact.
… Yes, they are each but individually scattered drops. Alone, they only have the potential to stand alone. However, with each random, ensuing drop they begin to accumulate.
… It only takes one more drop then; it just happens on its own: a “runaway effect.”
… One tiny drop has tipped the balance and created a flood.
… Change does not necessarily mean drastic adjustment. It can mean small steps, just enough to initiate more change. Once the first change is initiated, more changes will follow. It takes more than one person for others to follow. But with the first comes the second
. . . and then the third. Sometimes, we are bigger players than we believe we are. …
… However, we must be careful in our emerging world, since the diverse, fringe, extreme, dangerous, and fanatical people have found the ability to spread their ideas and grow in numbers more quickly than in the past.
… So, we must be careful of the megalomaniacs; they have never before had such abilities and tools at their disposal.
… What hell can spring from the deepest, darkest pools of the human mind? Hell can sometimes be a picnic compared to that which can lurk in the mind of man.
… This is not even taking into consideration the individual already with power and influence at their disposal through political, military, financial, or technological might. In our era of technological “know-how,” the individual has never been so powerful. …
…We must not limit ourselves to the expectations of others.
… Often, our greatest limitations are the perceptions of another.
… We have possibilities that we could not even imagine.
… We all have this “power.” It is just a matter of tapping into this energy and keeping the changes to ourselves under control …
… World cultures around the globe are experiencing a heightened sense of concern for the loss of their cultures.
… Beliefs that people have relied on for generations for a sense of stability are currently drastically changing, or even dissolving.
… When people feel that their personal identity, culture, or beliefs are under attack, shrinking, or being demeaned, they may turn to the more radical or extreme elements of their culture out of fear.
… They may grab for the handful in the hope that a few may remain.
… Isolationism and nationalism can help us rediscover our roots and restore, unify, and create community in the short term. And religious doctrines are necessary for community continuity, purpose in life, values, et cetera. However, extremist or perverted versions leave us weak or stagnant compared to the outside world. Perverted versions of these have had the result of distorting those very same roots we wish to protect. …
… Sometimes, to our disadvantage, traditions can be left behind or forgotten. In some cases, we have left these traditions behind for the sake of practicality. And traditions that are positive and lost through time are not always found again. If they are refound, they do not always have the same significance.
… Before throwing out or forgoing our traditions or heritage that we deem outdated or impractical, we must make the honest attempt to adapt them into modern times for the sake of preservation. …
… With this, the world becomes less and less isolated. Those of differing beliefs and cultures will naturally encounter one another with both unforced and forced interactions.
… Neighbors who have traditionally despised and purposely avoided each other are having more frequent forced interactions. Just like families living in close proximity within a
… One disruption always has the possibility of creating more.
… With the speed, interconnectivity, interdependency, and many other facets of our modern world of cause and effect, the need for improved communication and cultural understanding is becoming increasingly important to our mutual survival. …
Society – Empathy
… With the world as it is, we need more patience, understanding, and especially acceptance—or at the minimum, toleration—of others. It is time for us to stop just talking about peace or love and actually live them.
… Perhaps within the next five hundred years, race will not even matter as a possible means of identification. Perhaps most of the population of the globe will be intermingled to the point of just slight variations of one mixed race.
… We cannot allow the sins of the present to become sins, justifications, or actions of the future.
… We cannot allow mistakes of the past to be forgotten, lest they be doomed to be repeated. We must use mistakes of the past as inspiration to do better, not as justification to continue actions. …
… We cannot afford to forget that with our current abilities, imprinting onto the children the comprehension that others are equal to themselves is no longer a matter of humanity, it is a matter of human survival.
… For continued survival, growth is an inevitability, but it must be stable. A society must be stable enough not to destroy itself, but flexible enough to evolve and grow in order to be able to survive. …
… We are all globally accountable for mutual survival. We cannot afford to allow ourselves or anyone else to lose individual government, independence, free will, and self-determination. We must still preserve our individuality, freedom, and separate identities, and live out our lives accordingly.
… Perhaps our ancient ancestors would have viewed our world as violent due to our ability and predilection to create atrocities, war, and death on a massive scale that is impersonal and easily done. We can commit such acts with feelings of dissociation,
… We merely have to push a button, and never look into the eyes of the victims as we figuratively push the blade in. …
It is time to start practicing some general compassion.
… As long as it does not go against our morals or bring harm, a little bit of inconvenience or voluntary discomfort on our part is no comparison to the aura of joy that can be felt in the smiles of others.
… We must not forget that the simple pleasures are what can keep people going in their daily lives.
… The living of life is important to our well-being and releases stress that could prevent us from fully utilizing our capabilities. So, when you feel that life sucks, suck the life out of life.
… Often it is those people who may not have had as much happiness in their life who deserve or need it the most.
… A little bit of voluntary discomfort or inconvenience on our part is no comparison to the aura of joy that can be felt from others.
… Love is like a flood—like a river, one drop at a time, love adds up until a flood is all that is ahead. …
… We now live in a world where inevitable discoveries and simultaneous epiphanies are commonplace among various peoples around the world.
… Perhaps the exceptional mind of today may be the average of tomorrow.
… We have failed to put in place adequate opportunities that allow the individual to explore and succeed. We have failed in fully helping those with unique gifts, talents, skills, and abilities to explore and succeed
… We have failed to cultivate their unique areas as a result
… One of our most valuable assets for the future is what our future generations can create.
… Therefore, education must be thought of as an investment in the future and not as a current expense.
… We need to invest in the future by investing in people.
… Providing educational opportunities or access to training today can help ensure less dependency on a society tomorrow.
… For security and balance in the future, ensuring greater access to education or skills training for all must take more of a priority in our lives.
… Another failure of ours is that we promise things that will never come. I believe one aspect that is contributing to the failure of society is that our younger generations no longer have faith in our promises. We must earn back the faith of our future. …
… It is crucial that we have the future resources we need for our society and a stable environment for economic livelihoods in the future.
… Natural resources can be viewed as a savings account. If our savings account is sufficient and we simply live off the interest and use only what we need without depleting the principal, then the account could theoretically be around forever for us to utilize. However, if we start living beyond our means and increasingly use the principal, then
… our account will be zero. ZERO.
… Living in the world of tomorrow does not mean the denial or abandonment of our modern conveniences and pleasures. However, we may have to modify or adjust the ways in which we access those conveniences or pleasures.
… In fact, the world of tomorrow can have more modern conveniences with less drain on natural resources.
…We must also rethink what we defend ourselves against. We must not only think of defending ourselves from others, but also think of defending our futures from the reality of the progression of the events we ourselves create and those that naturally occur in the world. We must defend ourselves from the actions resulting from our own myopic visions and aspirations. …
… we must make an honest effort to think about the community before ourselves. We must all ask ourselves: “What kind of world do I want to leave behind after I am gone?” …
… Apathy is more dangerous than any direct opposition because it is a void, and a void has no force to contend with.
… A void allows the less desirable force a more easily accessible foothold than one view in opposition of another.
… Sometimes we can travel on the road blind, even with our eyes wide open. We see but can become blind. When doing so, we must be careful of walking in darkness for too long; we can forget to recognize the light when we see it. Let us not forget that darkness can be but a pause between the light.
… Perhaps combating apathy is not a matter of persuasion or providing people with reasons to act, but a matter of eliminating the reasons why they do not. The emptiness that apathy leaves can be compared to an evacuated position left easily accessible to a multitude of forces with their own private agendas, rather than a single opposing undefended army. …
… Choosing to accept something bad because the alternative could be worse does not negate your responsibility for choosing something bad.
… I believe no one should be responsible for other people who can take care of themselves. Still, we must also be responsible enough not to create unnecessary additional problems for anyone by the actions that we take in resolving our own issues. In return, neither should we experience additional issues for ourselves from them in resolving their issues. Taking action when we know how ourselves or others may be impacted by those actions is acceptance of the responsibility for the consequences that arise from those actions. We must accept personal responsibility for the risks resulting from the decisions that others may take because of the results from the choices we offer them. Just as we should not be left vulnerable by their mistakes, we must be careful and make a truly conscious effort to avoid leaving others vulnerable by exposing them to the risks of our mistakes. This is a responsibility that we cannot avoid.
… Each person is ultimately the one responsible for himself or herself, and others do not have the right to dictate to another. But it is important that we become more mindful of the effects of our choices on others.
… Degrees of separation are shrinking between individuals, groups, events, and ideas. As world relationships, connections, causes, and effects increase, degrees of separation in the world are also being reduced.
… We are no longer in a world where we are isolated in our actions. All have the potential to become internationally influential very quickly. …
& Truth or Hypocrisy
…We must make sure that people are responsible for taking care of themselves. I do not believe in handouts
… I do not believe in doing for those who can do for themselves. However, I believe it is very important to give individuals the proper tools for doing for themselves and not hinder them if they are not hindering others.
… I do believe we are responsible for helping and supporting others on their paths to self-sufficiency
… even more important is the genuine hand up that is not accompanied by the other hand pushing down, pushing to the side, or simply being uncaring. If we are not genuinely sincere and are using the other hand to be counterproductive, then we are wasting time, resources, and especially the patience of everyone involved. …
… We have become a world where subjectivism has replaced deduction and reason by some. A world where deduction has been corrupted by subjectivism. A study is believed or not, not based on its data, but who produces or complies it.
… But unfortunately, we live in a world where the truth matters not—only what each believes.
… My own quote on this is: Sometimes the only thing more frightening than a lie is the truth. …
… Practicing what we preach only when it suits us or is convenient may sometimes be in our short-term best interest, but it is not a way to long-term validation.
… Hypocrisy will only leave our message diluted and weak.
… Remember the old axiom, “actions speak louder than words.” We have truly failed in this. We have failed in this by not following through with it. Hypocrisy has taken root in our world and devalued our rhetoric, ourselves, and our world.
… When we forget or violate the principles of the goals that we wish to achieve, we can become hypocritical in the process of achieving those goals. Do not forget that hypocrisy only devalues the goal. Pitied are the hypocrites, for they will be the first to fall. We all must be careful not to fall. …
Exostentialism (Ex-os-ten-tial-ism) and exostentialist (Ex-os-ten-tial-ist) are terms that I coined many years ago while living in Seattle, Washington in the United States of America. Exostentialism is not to be confused with existentialism. While exostentialism may agree with some of the doctrines of existentialism, it does not agree with them all. It disagrees particularly with some of the more egotistical aspects. …
… I believe society is an underlying, constant force in human nature and natural to the universe:
… I believe society is natural and can be seen even biologically within our own bodies. The individual cell dividing to become two completely separate cells, and continuing to divide for the goal of becoming something with capabilities beyond those of a single cell, is proof that society is natural.
… The existentialist can believe that humans exist first, and then the individual spends a lifetime changing their essence or nature. The exostentialist sees society existing first, before the individual,
… We spend our lifetime affecting a society somehow, and it in turn affects us. …
… I believe freewill and freedom of choices and options are important and vital to the human being. But unlike some existentialists, I do not agree with the assumption that people are entirety free.
… We are constrained in the sense that we do not have unlimited choices or options to choose from. There is an eventual limit to the choices and options available to us.
… Our limitations, in the sense of our not having unlimited choices to choose from, do not negate the fact that we must accept responsibility for what we choose from the choices we do have and the results therefrom. We must accept personal responsibility for choosing from our choices and options, for the consequences of the decisions we make, for our actions and inactions and their results, and for the extenuating circumstances that arise from all these things for ourselves and others.
… I also take issue with the belief of the individual being at their best when being forced to choose, which is held by some existentialists.
… Sometimes, being forced to choose clouds judgment and results in rash decisions. Plus, we must not forget that being forced to choose is itself a reduction in freedom. …