ROAMING FREELY IN THE CAGE


Cages there must be in life. Love is the greatest of them all. Freedom means nothing without its opposite, bounds. As a character in MOBY DICK says, ‘who ain’t a slave?’ King Lear at the end of his life says to Cordelia, ‘we two will live like birds in a cage:’ Hamlet’s desire is to be ‘King of infinite space in a nutshell.’

Our bodies, our brains, are such nuts, such cages. Our essential obligations and duties, which must be fulfilled in a committed, engaged sort of way, are also cages. Once this is understood, one can roam freely within one’s limits. This is true Freedom.

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