Question from the Internet:
“How do freedom and responsibility affect oneself and others?”
If we look at this simply, if I have responsibilities towards others — like parents towards their children, for example — then we are not free. We have to take responsibility and act in order to fulfil that responsibility, and then this responsibility will dictate what I do and not what I would want to do if I acted freely.
Fast forward to our modern, globally integrated and interdependent world. Regardless of what we think or what we want, in this global and integral world, we become 100% mutually responsible for each other, for the well-being and optimal development of the whole.
Even before, this was already the case for our families, our local community, our societies and nations, etc. But now, this total and mutual responsibility has become global.
So how can we say that we are free? How can we say we are independent in our calculations, decision and actions when even with our thoughts, we inevitably influence the whole system? How can I think that I can do and take whatever I want if we exist in a closed, fully interdependent system?
And this is not something we chose or built since it is Nature’s fully integrated and interdependent system, and the strict and unforgiving laws that govern the system obligate us. So we can’t escape this absolute and mutual responsibility.
So does this means we have no freedom at all?
We can achieve the greatest freedom possible in reality by liberating ourselves from our inherently self-centred, self-justifying and self-serving consciousness and introverted and subjective perception of reality.
When we recognize our absolute and inescapable responsibility towards each other — either as a result of increasing blows, crisis situations, wars and intolerable suffering or with the help of a unique, purposeful and practical educational method — we start a process of being able to act and exist above and outside of our inherently selfish and individualistic cocoon.
Only when others become as important and indispensable as our own self can we practically implement our mutual responsibility. By separating ourselves from the selfish individual ego and its misperceived individual freedom, we build a single collective human “organism” with its collective consciousness and composite perception of reality.
And through this collective consciousness and composite perception, we liberate ourselves from the subjective and egocentric limitations of time, space and physical motion. We actually gain a true and tangible sense of “non-material” existence — completely independent of the sensation of physical life or death.
And this is something we can achieve here and now, even while still living in our present biological bodies in this world.
There is no greater freedom than that.