Freedom of Choice

A basic freedom is the right to decide what one likes. Everyone feels that he has the right to say, "I like that" or "I don't like that." And people usually feel that they themselves actually do choose what they like. But do they? Only if mortal existence were factual and not merely a state of material consciousness.

Because human experience is a mental state, a supposed mixture of spiritual ideas and mortal mind concepts, anyone who believes that his entire human experience is actual and that all that comes to his thought is true and desirable is the victim of false concepts. He may think that he voluntarily decides to choose something because the suggestion comes to his thought that he likes it, but as long as he believes that the evidence of the material senses is real, he can be falsely persuaded by thoughts not his own.

Finding True Individuality
December 24, 1966

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