Updated: May 26
And it is the expectation of reward for our natural behaviour or the manifestation of our natural dispositions, that enslaves us to others. To change who you are, fundamentally, not because it makes you happy but to please another, is abject servitude: submission of the highest kind. Yet, society and civilisation in general run on the principles (amongst others) of manipulation and seduction, under the illusion of "freewill".
To paraphrase a misunderstood and misrepresented master of human communication: let he, who is beyond influenced cast the first stone.