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Freedom's Scope
Freedom's scope

Every act is an irrevocable selection and exclusion. Just as when you marry one woman you give up all the others. If you become King of England, you give up the post of Beadle in Brompton. If you go to Rome, you sacrifice a rich suggestive life in Wimbledon.

G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy.

Our entire legal system is predicated on the notion that we are free, that we can be held responsible for our actions. Praise and blame only make sense where we consider that people could have done otherwise. Awards for bravery recognize that in very challenging circumstances somebody has chosen a highly courageous course of action, for if she had no choice but to save the child, then she couldn't be considered courageous.1 ...

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