Peter's pedantry

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In today’s liberal democracies we are brought up to realize our potential as autonomous individuals. It is hard to envisage a time when so many people have enjoyed comparable freedoms. Yet the very exercise of these freedoms in the service of greed, aggression, and fear has led to the breakdown of community, destruction of the environment, wasteful exploitation of resources, the perpetuation of tyrannies, injustices, and inequalities. Instead of creatively realizing their freedoms, many choose the unreflective conformism dictated by television, indulgence in mass-consumerism, or numbing their feelings of alienation and anguish with drugs. In theory, freedom may be held in high regard; in practice it is experienced as a dizzying loss of meaning and direction.

—"Buddhism without beliefs", Stephen Batchelor

The Town of #1770 is a tiny place named after the year Capt James Cook visited while charting the #Australian east coast. #queensland #australia #biketravel #beach http://ift.tt/1sSBnDf

The Town of #1770 is a tiny place named after the year Capt James Cook visited while charting the #Australian east coast. #queensland #australia #biketravel #beach http://ift.tt/1sSBnDf

#Sunset at #AgnesWater, #Queensland Coast. #biketravel #everybodylovesasunset #beach #australia http://ift.tt/Vbzntv

#Sunset at #AgnesWater, #Queensland Coast. #biketravel #everybodylovesasunset #beach #australia http://ift.tt/Vbzntv

In case you ever wondered where old #microwaves go, they end up as #letterboxes in the #Australian #outback. #australiana #queensland #biketravel #ontheroad http://ift.tt/1oSEnyL

In case you ever wondered where old #microwaves go, they end up as #letterboxes in the #Australian #outback. #australiana #queensland #biketravel #ontheroad http://ift.tt/1oSEnyL

Tricolour of the #Bundaberg region. Blue skies, green #sugarcane, and red #volcanic earth. Beautiful area! #queensland #australia #biketravel #ontheroad http://ift.tt/1sqlkig

Tricolour of the #Bundaberg region. Blue skies, green #sugarcane, and red #volcanic earth. Beautiful area! #queensland #australia #biketravel #ontheroad http://ift.tt/1sqlkig

The #BundabergRum Distillery. You can see the passion it inspires among those who know. #bundaberg #biketravel #australiana #australian http://ift.tt/1u80HIf

The #BundabergRum Distillery. You can see the passion it inspires among those who know. #bundaberg #biketravel #australiana #australian http://ift.tt/1u80HIf

Historical stuff in #Bundaberg, known locally as Bundy-mate! Home of the famous rum. #queensland #biketravel #australia http://ift.tt/1vjixcS

Historical stuff in #Bundaberg, known locally as Bundy-mate! Home of the famous rum. #queensland #biketravel #australia http://ift.tt/1vjixcS