BREAKING OUT OF THE PRISON OF SELF-INVENTION

Bishop Robert Barron

One of the greatest values trumpeted by our culture today is the freedom for self-expression and self-invention. We hear it in slogans such as: 'My life, my body, my choice' or 'My life, my death, my choice' or 'You can be who you want to be'. In recent years in particular, the promotion of these values has certainly increased in intensity with a dominant culture of self-invention that seeks to de-construct facets of our identity and replace them with other identities of our choosing. But the question must be asked: is this a good thing? Does a culture of self-invention lead to genuine freedom? What if our efforts to de-construct our identity today is so aggressive that changes we make now can't be reversed in the future even if we want to?

In this video, Bishop Robert Barron argues that rather than entering the small room of self-invention, we need to get out of it thr find the freedom we truly seek.


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