In the U.S., and most western cultures, we largely ignore essential freedom. Instead, we pursue material objects, accomplishments, and other indicators of success. In fact we are the land of the (existentially) free (although with erosion of our civil liberties, surveillance, and uneven application of justice in our justice system, we are becoming less so), but not “essentially” free. As the saying goes, “you can’t get there from here”.
Film-maker Steve Cutts gives us an overview of our self-imposed “rat race”.