Freedom and responsibility

Just having a lot of freedom could make one complacent and follow a hedonist path. The word hedonist is derived from a Greek word meaning “sweet”. We know from contemporary studies the harmful health effects of sugar and sweet.

There is an Indian festival called Ugadi in which a sweet and bitter food is consumed as a symbolic reminder that one must expect and be prepared for both sweet and bitter experiences. Just consuming sweet experiences and expecting life to only provide such experiences could make one weak. If mixed with a suitable amount of responsibility, freedom can be well tempered and made to last longer.