As Europeans spared from unemployment, how often a day do we find ourselves doing that which we want to do? How often a day are the things we do not chosen by ourselves, spontaneously, freely? In the “chosen” path of rational modernity: all the time; because rational freedom is not spontaneous freedom.
Habituated beings choose “freely” to do what is in their habit. Rational habituation means being determined by a reading of the environment that seeks to appropriate it for the self. The need of the rational self is effective survival, effective pleasure, generally, the effective achievement of desire. On the other hand, being spontaneously free is a conduct stemming from the unintentional and ruleless exhaling of the self. Our respiration may have many explanations, all of them do justify, none of them defines its purpose.
The explicit ideal of European consciousness is spontaneous freedom (the fulfilment of soul tendencies), but it is implemented as rational freedom (the obedience to reasonable calculations). Both we call freedom, but they only coincide on aspects non-essential. This confusion shows in our addiction to all those things that place us in a present regardless of the future.