“Freedom is not a magical gift, it’s a willingness to be responsible for your life.”
— Max Stirner
Built into the freedom to drive a car is the responsibility to operate it safely. Built into the freedom to drink alcohol is the responsibility to do so wisely. Built into the freedom of life itself is the innumerable responsibilities that come with living day in day out.
The price tag for freedom is responsibility. They are two sides of the same coin.
Can’t I just have the freedom without the responsibility?
Sometimes you can, but only if someone else is willing to assume your responsibilities. This is only a temporary solution, however. At some point, we all must face up to the consequences of the choices we’ve made.
You want freedom? Accept responsibility. Freedom without responsibility is a mirage and only spoils us on the inside.