Sunday, March 01, 2015

Isaiah Berlin on self-direction

I wish my life and decisions to depend on myself, not on external forces of whatever kind, I wish to be an instrument of my own, not of other men’s, acts of will. I wish to be moved by reasons, by conscious purposes, which are my own, not by causes which affect me, as it were, from outside. I wish to be a doer … deciding, not being decided for, self-directed and not acted upon by external nature

Isaiah Berlin  Two Concepts of Liberty 

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