The time we live in is interesting. The fall of Communism, the information revolution, the globalization, the mingling of races, cultures, languages – all these trends, unfolding at the same time, are part of the ineluctable historical process, leading to our ultimate liberation from virtually all external constraints on the freedom to realize our potential.

       The absolute freedom is not the road to happiness for one and all, or even for many. Pluralism makes so many choices available, while creating the illusion that there are no costs involved, that many, too many people seem to have lost, rather than found, their souls. Unbridled freedom of choice does not facilitate the process of developing self-regulatory skills, when the choice of moral and political values is made in much the same way as the choice of toothpaste.

       From the psychological perspective, on the other hand, the individual who does not wish to drift through life can find ways to replace within the psyche the framework of regulatory constraints that has disappeared with the collapse of an authoritarian tradition or regime. A man becomes much more self-dependent and more creative. He resembles a little bit the cook who makes a dish by throwing into the pot whatever comes to hand. And the only concern he bears in mind is how to prepare a delicious ragout instead of (more likely) an unpalatable pot of garbage.


(some more: Blachnio, 2006)