Nearly all men are slaves for the same reason that the Spartans assigned for the servitude of the Persians - lack of power to pronounce the syllable, No. To be able to utter that word and live alone, are the only two means to preserve one`s freedom and one`s character.
Punk is musical freedom. It`s saying, doing and playing what you want. [...] `Nirvana` means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that`s pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock.
The air smells sweeter and time stands still any day you`re in the world and everyone else is working or in school.
The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving an excuse.
A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him.
A man may be so much of everything that he is nothing of anything.
Our sense of free will results from a failure to appreciate this: We do not know what we intend to do until the intention itself arises.
Free will is an illusion. Our wills are simply not of our own making. Thoughts and intentions emerge from background causes of which we are unaware and over which we exert no conscious control. We do not have the freedom we think we have.
Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.
He who does not move does not notice his chains.
We can try and render the chains of mass surveillance invisible or undetectable, but the constraints that it imposes on us do not become any less potent.
The Internet still has the potential to be a better medium for democracy than broadcast, with its one-direction-only information flows, ever could be.
All for the people and all by the people. Nothing about the people without the people. That is Democracy.
For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.