Semantics? Well at first it may appear so but thinking it through, perhaps it’s the underpinning of all political coercion, punishment and human behaviour in general, from where we get “entitlement”, “justification”, “projection of guilt” and so on.
It’s the whole underpinning of leftist ideology and that of crims – they chose to do this, therefore I do this. Clyde Barrow came from a broken family, so he killed and robbed people. Bonny was forced to be with him in their mayhem.
Phil McGraw [yes, bear with this] had, as one of his life laws:
Lifelaw 2 – We create our own situation.
If we consider that we are no longer children, then we, ourselves, must answer for our own life – good or bad, successful or unsuccessful, happy or sad.
If we don’t like our job, we must answer for it. If our relationships are on the rocks, we must answer for them. It is never completely the other person’s fault. We, ourselves, may also have contributed to this situation.
Although we might accept this in theory, we nevertheless believe that in our particular situation it’s different, of course – we can prove that it is the other person’s fault. This is actually our problem.
Sometimes we then start gathering friends and colleagues together who will agree that we are innocent and that the other person is guilty. In the end, this is a waste of time and energy and helps maintain our self delusion.
However, if we can accept that we may possibly have erred, even a little and that only we, ourselves, are going to get us out of our own troubles, then we can start working on them.
Perhaps forces outside our control did cause our situation but if we allow that situation to continue or if we remain in it – then that’s our own fault.
At the same time, if we choose thoughts that create low self-esteem or which make us angry, this achieves no lasting result and leads us to become alienated and bitter.
This is behind the issue of obesity – an obesity “gene”? Purr-lease! It’s because that person is so conditioned to sloth and auto-sublimation of things which go against him/her that the calories taken in exceed the calories expended.
Simple biological law.
There may well be mental illness behind the choice not to exercise and run off some of those calories or to reorder the diet and no, it’s not easy but it still comes down, in the end, to “choice”.
It also hugely affects the concept of evil – the devil made me do it. Did the devil make you do it or your childhood traumas or an unhappy marriage or was it, in the end, your choice?
And of course – it is behind politics. You were to blame for the union going on strike and suspending travel for commuters. You were [actually, many were] to blame for voting in Labour and giving us the situation we’re now in.
There’s truth and non-truth in the application of the word “choose”.
An interesting word.