Practically all of what constitutes metaphysics and philosophy posits the primacy of being over freedom.
The problem with this approach is it immediately, irreversibly, and inevitably slips into determinism.
If freedom is truly “free,” it cannot emanate purely from being. Neither can it be solely an effect of a being. That would imply that beings create freedom; that without beings there would be no freedom.
However, if beings create freedom – if beings are the source of freedom – then beings determine and cause freedom; and being-determined, being-caused freedom cannot be “real” freedom. The most it can be is the determining of “determining” beings, or the cause of “causing” beings.
At best, I believe beings can “shape” freedom. Ideally, I believe beings create in freedom.
Metaphysics that places the primacy of being over freedom is the essence of “in the beginning was the Logos” metaphysics. Yes, but in the beginning, there was also freedom.
More precisely, before the beginning there was freedom. The beginning happened in freedom; emerged from freedom. The Logos was a free act in freedom.
The Logos was in freedom and freedom was in the Logos.
The Logos is not external to freedom. However, there is an aspect of freedom external to the Logos.
If freedom does not retain this external aspect, it is not free. If it is not free, it cannot clash with the Logos.
And freedom does indeed clash with the Logos.
If Freedom is not free and does not possess aspects external to the Logos, the Logos cannot create. If the Logos could not create, the Logos would not be.
In plainer form – God creates in freedom but does not create freedom. If God does not create freedom, then God must contend with this freedom, as must man.
If both God and man must contend with uncreated freedom, then the purpose and meaning of life reside in how men contend with uncreated freedom and whether or not they choose to align this “contending” with God’s “contending.”
Of course, you can only contend with things you accept to be real and true, and as far as I can tell, barely anyone accepts uncreated freedom as real and true.
Note added: This will be my last post on this blog for a while. It may even be my last post on this blog. Full stop. See the next post for (some) details.