“No man’s error becomes his own Law; nor obliges him to persist in it.”
— Thomas Hobbes
For most of my life, I believed just the opposite.
Any decision I made I was bound to as if it had been carved in stone. Having once taken a step and made a choice, however mistaken or unwise it proved, I was obliged to continue along that way. My decision couldn’t be undone — not even by me. Why I thought this, I really don’t know, but it was a very real binding and burden to me, and it’s not so long ago that I’ve struggled free of it.
Now here I come across this quote from Thomas Hobbes, the 17th century English philosopher, who in one breath held that the life of man is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short,” but in another breath proclaims our basic freedom to make our own decisions, and what’s more, to remake them if we so choose. Four centuries later, I’ve been hard put to catch up with him!