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I think the WEF [World Economic Forum] envisions a world where most people “have everything they need” in the same way that animals in a zoo have “everything they need”. Everything except freedom.
— Jonathan Fortier, e-mail to Don Boudreaux and Todd Zywicki. From Don Boudreaux, “Cafe Hayek” (website: www.CafeHayek.com, 2023-01-17)
As for me, I partially agree and partially disagree.
I accept the analogy of the vision of the WEF as a zoo, and I too reject that vision.
But I also reject the vision of the liberal unbeliever.
He is determined to attend not the banquet of the zookeeper, but the banquet of freedom, where he will delight in what the world serves him. But at the end of that banquet is death, and what man discovers as he finally faces death is that what his heart longs for is life. The promise of freedom is like the promise of green grass to a sheep. The grass soon withers and dies, and the sheep’s body withers and dies with it.
I don’t accept the implicit assumption, “Freedom is everything people need”. What David needs is everything that the other Jews needed, which is what other men need: to delight in God, who never fails. Green pastures and still waters that last forever. His banquet satisfies every human longing and it has no end.Published in