Built into the freedom to drive a car is the responsibility to operate it safely. Infused into the freedom to drink alcohol is the responsibility to consume it wisely. Embedded into the freedom of life itself is the innumerable responsibilities that come with living day in day out.
The price tag for freedom is responsibility. They are two sides of the same coin.
So many of us long for the freedom to do what we want, go where we want, live how we want, and be what we want.
We earn freedom completely when own its corresponding responsibility.
Can’t I just have the freedom without the responsibility? Not for long.
At some point, we all must face up to the consequences of the choices we’ve made. Max Stirner was right when he said, “Freedom is not a magical gift, it’s a willingness to be responsible for your life.”
You want freedom? Accept responsibility. Freedom without responsibility is a mirage and only spoils us on the inside.