On Southwest flights, there are no seat assignments. You board and find your seat.
On one flight, the stewardess asked if a few people would be willing to volunteer to move so that a family of four could sit together.
No one offered.
She offered free adult beverages.
Hands went up all over the place.
What does that say us as a society? We get so comfortable in our seat that we aren’t willing to help each other out.
Frankl in his Man’s Search for Meaning says:
The sort of person the prisoner became was the result of an inner decision, and not the result of camp influences alone. Fundamentally, therefore, and man can, even under such circumstances, decide what shall become of him – mentally and spiritually.
Frankl said “only a few kept their full inner liberty.”
We aren’t in concentration by any stretch of the imagination, but still most of us cast off this inner liberty and allow ourselves to be molded into whomever the highest bidder is.
How do you recapture this inner liberty?
Be one of the few.