Thanks for the book, Oded
I like it.
"Perhaps most people in the world aren't trying to be free, Kafka. They just think they are. It's all an illusion. If they were really set free, most people would be in a real bind. You'd better remember that. People actually prefer not being free."
"Yeah. I prefer being unfree, too. Up to a point. Jean-Jacques Rousseau defined civilisation as when people build fences. A very perceptive observation. And it's true - all civilisation is the product of a fenced-in lack of freedom. The Australian Aborigines are the exception, though. They managed to maintain a fenceless civilisation until the seventeenth century. They were dyed-in-the-wool free. They could go where they wanted, when they wanted, doing what they wanted. Their lives were a literal journey. Walkabout is a perfect metaphor for their lives. When the British came and built fences to pen in their cattle, the Aborigines couldn't fathom it. And, ignorant to the end of the principle at work, they were classified as dangerous and anti-social and were driven away, to the outback. So I want you to be careful. The people who build high, strong fences are the ones who survive the best. You deny that reality only at the risk of being driven into the wilderness yourself."