I just ran across an old clipping from the New York Times book review section. The book under review is Surfing with Sartre, by Aaron James. Living in a material world, where we control so little, we are advised to engage in “adaptive attunement” the way the surfer does not control the waves but rides with them. Freedom, he argues, “is not a matter of imposing your will, Sartre-like, on the world. That’s a surefire way to wipe out.” It is a matter of “transcending your will” and accepting the two-way relationship between your intentions and external constraints. “You take what the wave gives you. Freedom is “efficacy without control.
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