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“An ass may pull a cart in pursuit of a desired carrot that a master dangles in front of its face. The master can yield the carrot to the beast when the work is over. I hope we agree that this enslaved animal choosing to pursue a desire is not what we mean when we discuss our ability to choose. Remember, the carrot is at least a thing that the donkey can actually eat. Many undeserving authorities appeal to our desires by offering immaterial objects of thought, mere concepts dangled in front of us so we will pull another kind of cart. In this case, what motivates our actions need never be realized to maintain its power to motivate us. That actuating force is our own power to conceive of future benefits, in this life or another.”
Excerpt From: The Relevance of Kabir
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