Maximizing choice

-The fascination with and maximization of choice requires prioritizing the sorts of choices that can be maximized, namely those that don’t generate long-term commitments.

-If we declared a day where one could “do whatever they want” it would be understood as a day of hedonism and violence. Why? In part because “what we want” and “what we choose” are maximized choices, which belong to things with fewer long-term consequences, or, more formally, to things that are only done to the extent that we don’t think about or try to avoid the long term.

-As a rule it’s dangerous to analyze slogans, but there is a logic to pro-choice. One prioritizes the choice that allows for more choices of the same kind and which leaves one with just the life and commitments with which one is familiar and not with new ones that are scary, life-long and unforeseeable, and which usually increase one’s dependence on and duties to others.

-The desire to live in the immediate and neglect the long term is the desire to regress to animality. It’s a flight from spirit, whose proper domain is the eternity that contains the totality of time, and which is enjoyed first of all by a divinity whose existence as a person is his co-existence with others.

-So maximized choice is the regression to animality and thus to an (unreachable) limit where one cannot choose at all.

-Choice as maximized is opposed to vow, but choice in reality is perfected in vows.

 

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