- EpictetusNo man is free who is not a master of himself
I see many hindrances to fulfill this quote in today's world since 'me' is not the only factor that determines how I should be. This is similar to the concept of 'free will' which can raise issues when trying to apply practically.
But I would like to direct this topic to a recent trend that I noticed. People used to work under employers for quite a long time. There have been (and there will be as well) many conflicts between employers and employees regarding rights of each other, working hours, salary, etc. But today many people have become gig workers / freelancers who are employed under no one, but work by themselves. So you are the boss of your own self. IMO It is not a very safe way to have an income since you are not guaranteed a fixed pay, and you do not have a job agreement or a payslip to forward to a bank to get a loan, which can be very crucial at times. Yet more and more people choose this path.
Is it because people feel like being their own masters is better than good financial security? Are people that much reluctant to be or work under someone else?