Monday, November 3, 2008

Don't confuse freedom with maintenance of the status quo, warns Paulo Freire

"Fear of freedom, of which its possessor is not necessarily aware, makes him see ghosts. Such an individual is actually taking refuge in an attempt to achieve security, which he prefers to the risks of liberty."

"Men rarely admit their fear of freedom openly, tending rather to camouflage it--sometimes unconsciously--by presenting themselves as defenders of freedom. They give their doubts and misgivings an air of profound sobriety, as befitting custodians of freedom. But they confuse freedom with maintenance of the status quo."

-- Paulo Freire in Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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