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  • Writer's pictureBahar Ansari

S3Ep17: Freedom of Choice

Many of us are familiar with feeling stuck in our situation. Whether it’s continuing to work in a job we loathe or attending a school that is making us unhappy, the accompanying feelings of guilt, judgment, and obligation can make us believe that we have no choice but to stick it out. By taking a step back and assessing the situation you may find that you have more freedom of choice available to you than you initially thought. This week on the show we unpack the concept of freedom of choice and how modern society can make us feel unworthy of that freedom. Tuning in you’ll learn about the impact that small everyday decisions can have on the planet, how to empower yourself through distance, and why the opportunity to make a choice is the true freedom, not the choice itself!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Introducing today’s topic: Freedom of Choice.

  • Why the freedom to make a choice is the true freedom, not the choice itself.

  • Common misconceptions about karma and why Bahar prefers Alan Watts’ definition.

  • Why karma means reaction and how this can be observed in nature.

  • How your choices cause chain reactions and many more choices.

  • Artificial intelligence and the freedom of choice that they possess.

  • What the Matrix can teach us about freedom of choice.

  • Why allowing yourself distance from a difficult choice can empower you to choose wisely.

  • How modern life causes feelings of unworthiness and how this affects our decisions.

  • Examples of situations where people are deprived of their human dignity and autonomy to make decisions.

  • How our everyday decisions can have a lasting, global impact.

  • Bahar’s message of inspiration and pride in all her listeners.


“Every day, we're presented with many, many choices, from where we want to go to how we want to behave to how we want to react, to what to think, what to feel and beyond.” — @baharansarilaw [0:01:42]

“Sometimes pausing, not choosing hastily from the obvious choice can be the most intelligent choice. It's giving oneself an opportunity to think through each choice.” — @baharansarilaw [0:05:11]

“Once you understand that there is a choice in everything, in how we feel and how we react, and then the life that we're creating through these small, everyday choices, you will recognize the immense power we each have, and collectively have in changing our future.” — @baharansarilaw [0:07:15]

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