Is not the task that creates the preconditions for the achievement of extraordinary tasks not itself extraordinary? It is to such a task that I am calling you. It is the only endeavor, the only “startup”, with which I have no hesitation to look straight into your eyes and tell you: Join me.
If the vision I’m referring to can be said to have a foundation, that would be philosophy, as conceived by the ancient Greeks, and the awareness of human ignorance and fallibility. Could we build on such an unorthodox foundation as the awareness of human ignorance and fallibility? And if we could, how would such a building look like? What forms of life would it be able to host?
The end of the Industrial Revolution gave rise to an unfulfilled promise, that technology would liberate us from the struggle for existence and create enough freedom for everyone to fulfill their highest aspirations. It didn’t happen – and what we can do about it.
The concept of freedom is rich with a variety of meanings it has acquired over the centuries. Its use and abuse by demagogues and its relation with words that share a family resemblance, like liberty and autonomy, that are sometimes used interchangeably make it even harder for someone to understand what is being meant when the word is being used. It thus becomes imperative to introduce some distinctions, terms and definitions to facilitate clarity of communication, and provide the conceptual vocabulary to explain with precision what Regenerating Freedom is about.