Love and Freedom

Without freedom, love cannot exist. Actions undertaken for the sake of love have a value that is derived from their very existence. Actions undertaken for the sake of religious duty, personal obligation, or social expectation have value only in the feeling that they are able to arouse in the recipient. Yet, even this feeling becomes an expected right – or worse, a required response – when the parties involved in the transaction feel restricted to this particular set of behaviors and responses. This idea is demonstrated by the child who is forced by his parents to apologize to a sibling...