Creating Freedom

This documentary looks good. The central premise seems to be that we’re not born free. We’re born into systems of ideas, ethics, and norms. We’re not skeptical enough about those systems. Even if we become skeptical over time, we’ve still absorbed many cultural norms by the time we’re old enough to question them.

It reminds me of Richard Dawkins’ somewhat shocking but almost certainly correct idea that raising children religiously is tantamount to child abuse.

It also touches on something we’ll be discussing in the upcoming Seventh Issue (Pre-Order here!) of New Escapologist: the idea that ‘normal’ is a very elastic concept, geographically and historically. Appropriate perspective comes all too late, if ever.

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