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Freedom From Society

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  • alcyon11
    Personality is a subject, and not an object among other objects, and it has its roots in the inward scheme of existence, that is the spiritual world, the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 27, 2004
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      "Personality is a subject, and not an object among other objects, and
      it has its roots in the inward scheme of existence, that is the
      spiritual world, the world of freedom. Society on the other hand is
      an object. From the Existentialist point of view society is a part of
      personality. It is its social side, just as the cosmos is a part of
      personality, its cosmic side. Personality is not an object among
      other objects and not a thing among other things. It is a subject
      among subjects and the turning of it into an object or a thing means
      death. It might be said that society and nature provide the material
      for the formation of personality. But personality is emancipation
      from dependence upon society and the state. It opposes all
      determination from without, it is determination from within. And even
      within, the determination is self-determination, not even God can do
      it." Nicholas Berdyaev (Personality)

      Mary Jo
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