‘I’m free, I have nothing to prove,’ says the Wiseman.
‘The one who feels free is just as entitled to prove to himself or to others what he has to prove,’ the Fool contradicts him.
‘Freedom is when you have everything under control and are able to shape reality through your own will,’ the Wiseman says.
‘No, reality is when you lose control, if you were raised to be a rigid English man,’ the Fool concludes.
‘Freedom means giving existence a meaning and being able to live in accordance with it,’ the Wiseman ponders.
‘No, freedom is being able to live without a purpose. A form of spiritual vagrancy,’ the Fool objects.
‘Freedom is being yourself in any circumstances,’ the Wiseman speaks again.
‘Freedom is the modesty to decline any identity in a world in which all boasters compete in being more themselves,’ the Fool challenges him.
‘Freedom is independence, it is the lack of any inner or outer constraints,’ the Wiseman utters confidently.
‘But freedom is also allowing yourself to be subjugated and dominated when you feel like doing so,’ the Fool objects.
‘Freedom is when reason manages to control chaotic, turbulent or destructive feelings,’ the Wiseman states serenely.
‘No, freedom is assuming what you feel, despite any reason… Realizing that nothing worth living is subjected to the rules of reason,’ the Fool retorts, grinding his teeth.
‘Freedom is the possibility to choose, a mean of getting what you want,’ the Wiseman muses.
‘What if you don’t want anything that you are allowed to choose from?’ the Fool provokes him.
‘Freedom is questioning everything you believe you know,’ the Wiseman tries to reconcile.
‘And being able to surpass any doubt when it comes to essential matters,’ the Fool replies.
‘Freedom is honesty in a world in which everyone is phony and hypocritical,’ the Wiseman says, reflectively.
‘And it’s freedom to dissimulate in a world in which everyone is fatally honest,’ the Fool adds.
The problem with freedom is that it doesn’t have a precise object, it can be anything, therefore it is nothing. It’s a chimera that can take on any face.
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