No choice but to choose

Voice Card  -  Volume 14  -  John Card Number 11  -  Mon, Jun 11, 1990 01:57 AM

This is a response to Vol 14 Paul 9 ("Lack of Choice?")...


You are right when you point out that the never-ending stream of choices we are forced to make in our daily lives is a burden and that "NOT having a choice can be quite a relief."

But do you see the paradox here? These constant choices are a burden precisely because WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO MAKE THEM! All these daily decisions, what clothes to wear, what route to take, what food to fix, are not oppressive in and of themselves. We suffer because we are FORCED to make these decisions. Time marches ever on and stops for no man. If only we could stop time and take a break from it all. But we can't. We are TRAPPED IN TIME. Hence, we suffer.

In my original card I was thinking of the lack of choice as a "helplessness in stopping pain." But I will stand by your reading of it. Suffering is the lack of choice. For even a gilded cage becomes merely a cage sooner or later. The most pleasant resort would soon become a concentration camp if you were unable to leave it. And as I have discovered, a subtle form of suffering comes even to those who dwell on the Isle of the Lotus Eaters.