The Anxious Choice

„In an age of ever-expanding choices, we have to accept there is no perfect choice and to embrace risk, uncertainty and unpredictability.“

„The pause is also the moment when a person is most vulnerable to anxiety. Many people flee from silence because of the anxiety the silence brings. They constantly seek the company of some noise from cell phone or music. These rigid and safety seeking behaviors are barriers to freedom and prevent us from discovering that our anxiety is exaggerated.“

„Choice has always been linked to anxiety – Jean-Paul Sartre wrote that when we stand in front of the abyss, we’re not afraid that we’ll fall, only that we might throw ourselves in. Today, that anxiety has been multiplied, as we’re led to believe that life itself is a consumer choice.
We’re told that we can choose the type of life we live, the type of body we have, even the way our kids will turn out. But while we bask in the false promise of mastery, we forget that the choices we make are often irrational – either linked to other people’s choices (what is socially acceptable), or our own unconscious motives. And we forget – or refuse to remember – that with choice comes loss. After all, when I choose one direction in life, I lose the possibility of another.“

The Anxious Choice

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