One learns how to do a certain task, rarely does one learn how to determine in what circumstances it is right to do that task. In most cases, the appropriateness of what one does is predetermined by someone else mostly by “ignoring all the subtleties of real social existence and reducing everything to preconceived mechanical or statistical formulae.”
The human purpose: design for optimal engagement (p. 58 - 78)
Source: The human experience: design for optimal engagement (ch. 3)
That man, least wasteful, who appears to make use of that which he has and not merely to have more, in the language of our philosophy is a savage, primitive, uncivilized
Given the opportunity, I want to live in a town where everyone had the chance to become more and more of themselves, and themselves alone, so that they were uniquely fulfilled in their own way, and had I met them, I would be struck by their uniqueness so much that I would let them out of sight not, before I had learned something about what they were.
I am not a name, a date, a place of birth or residence, previous studies, or what I do, have done, or the sum of these. If anything these are merely historical accounts of events. Individually or together, they do not suffice to give even a slightest inference of who I am. Nonetheless, as if it were by some law of nature, it is by them that I am identified.
If man could live honestly, with freedom directed at proper pursuits, he would have “freedom in his love, and in his soul be free.”