The elder said: It is not freedom when we say to people that everything is
permitted. That is slavery. To improve one must have difficulties. Let's take
an example. We have a little tree. We take care of it. We place a stake and tie
it with a rope. Naturally we don't tie it with wire because that way we would
injure it. With their method they would not constrain the tree; and it doesn't
develop properly otherwise. And look at the child. We limit his freedom from
the beginning. When he is first conceived the poor thing is limited in his
mother's womb and remains there nine whole months. Later he is born and
immediately they swaddle him in a blanket, they tie him up, as soon as he
begins to grow they set a railing, etc. All of this is necessary for him to
grow. It appears to take away freedom, but without these protective measures
the child will die in the first moment.
The elder said: Freedom is good when the person can use it appropriately.
Otherwise it is a disaster.
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