A Partial List of Strings, With Commentary.
Authorities, the facts of life, duties, obligations, common sense, the powers that be, scientific truth, tradition, loyalty, allegiance, oaths, superstitions, nationality, political party, race, religion, tribe, our status as human beings, our sexual polarity, our family, social rank, job, system of etiquette, environment, ancestors—-we all acknowledge some combination of these things every day of our lives, mostly by paying our respects, doing our duty, discharging our obligations, and, unthinkingly, by accepting the limitations imposed on our freedom of thought, word, and deed by the same.
So, from one point of view, we live life with many such “strings attached”. Lots of us wouldn’t feel comfortable if all the strings were suddenly cut away. We literally wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves. Is it only because we have come to define ourselves as being merely the sum total of our strings?
Is it realistic to want to live life with “no strings attached?” Is it sane or insane to ask that question? Aren’t some strings at least somewhat beneficial some of the time?
What are we without our strings?
What were we before we had strings attached? What were our capabilities?
Have you ever thought about yourself in this way?