The opposite of freedom is boredom

The opposite of freedom is boredom

Freedom is the most important thing for an aware intelligent creature. For an aware intelligent creature freedom is more important than being alive.

Freedom is a sentiment, not a state. Because it is not a state, you cannot “bring freedom” anywhere, it is either felt or it isn’t at all. Because it is a sentiment it’s close to impossible to have a general recipe for freedom.

The opposite of freedom is not captivity, which is a state, nor oppression, which is an action.

The opposite of freedom is boredom.

Boredom is the sentiment signalling your lack of freedom.

People get bored wildly different.

Some people get bored in five minutes, some people get bored once a year, some people get bored at forty for about three months.

That is why it is so hard to build a world.

We’re optimising for routine because we consider freedom to be a state. And states need stability. Yet we’re wrong, dead wrong.

Sentiments need change to be experienced, which is why routine results in lack of freedom.

The world stands on huge routines, it is mostly a place of repetition endurance as virtue. If you can do the same thing over and over again for as long as possible the rewards sometimes crawl beyond expectations.

But this is wrong, because it is boring.

So how do we build freedom into the world?

By allowing experience diversity to occur.