The Unbearable Lightness of Choosing

Choice means everything to modern Americans—and that may be too much

| May / June 2003

Talking about choice is, for most of us, a special way of talking about freedom. And freedom, the bedrock American idea, is very much on our minds these days.

Our president insists that terrorists and other enemies wish us ill because of their blind hatred of freedom. We are told—and not for the first time in our history—that the only way to safeguard our freedom is to give up substantial portions of it. No doubt about it—engaging with the meanings of freedom is complicated work.