The More Free a Person Is

     The best way to arrive at knowledge is through a process of questioning the people, ideas, and world around you, comparing any (or all) available data, eliminating any useless or untrue information, and ultimately (if possible) gaining first-hand experience of a subject.  Will power is needed to seek knowledge in the first place and to implement any useful knowledge once it is attained.  The best use of knowledge is to use it to help understand the nature of a thing (whatever object you decide upon) and to then use this knowledge to free yourself from anything that impedes your will.  (This works equally for both noble and sinister objectives.)  The level of freedom an individual attains correlates directly with the amount of will exerted and knowledge grasped, which then correlates with a person’s overall happiness in life.  The more free a person is, the happier they tend to be.

— Excerpted from The Truth as I See It: A Collection of Spiritual Writings by Adam Soto (p. 16)

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