The Establishment is briskly reorganizing and retooling the System in pursuit of universal, compulsory pecking. A quick scan of current headlines reveals the mechanisms of private-public partnership are swiftly clicking into gear to generate circumstances in which the peck will become unavoidable for most people.
Lock out measures are intensifying. Refusing the unpecked access to cafes, theaters, and museums is no longer adequate. More obviously needs to be done. Hence, schemes to deny the unpecked access to employment and basic social services are spreading across the globe quicker than the latest Greek letter "variant" of the birdemic.
I note the above not to scaremonger, but to draw attention to the ever increasing likelihood that we may all soon once again find ourselves in "un-free" circumstances in which we will be forced to choose rather than being free to choose.
Conversely, some of us may find ourselves in circumstances in which we have no choice at all other than to have the prescribed "choice" forced upon us.
Either way, I believe it is crucial to recognize and understand the distinction between doctrine of free will and authentic spiritual freedom within the context of such "un-free" circumstances.
Free will is only "free" if choices and decisions about external factors emanate "freely" from the internal and if a choice for Good is accessible. More plainly, being forced to choose between options that are externally thrust upon us by force and/or necessity is not an authentic exercise of free will because the exercise itself has been stripped of all spiritual creativity and dynamism.
There is nothing free or willed about being externally forced or necessitated into choosing between two evils without being offered the possibility of making a real external choice for Good.
If you are told you will lose your job should you not take the peck, you cannot truly exercise free will in any meaningful capacity because you essentially have been forced into making a decision regarding two involuntary, evil choices.
You don't want to be forced out of work (a coerced evil choice that immediately affects the material situation of you and your loved ones), but you also don't want to take the peck (a coerced evil choice driven by the obviously evil motivations of the ruling elite and their demonic overlords).
If you choose to be forced out of work, you may feel you are making the right choice from a spiritual perspective, but it would be a stretch to refer to this right choice as a display of free will.
At the same time, if you choose to take the peck to keep your job, but repent your decision, you may be making the wrong choice spiritually, but your sincere repentance ensures that you remain firmly grounded on the side of God and Creation.
Though the repentance is necessary and Good in itself, it would be too much to label it an exercise in free will because you were basically coerced into the sin for which you are repenting.
Free will only becomes authentic spiritual freedom if it is rooted in a purely internal, willed choice for Good. Moreover, that this choice for Good is made for the sake and value of the Good itself rather than as a mere means through which to choose the lesser evil when presented with nothing but evil choices.
For example, if a person chooses to follow Jesus and believe on Jesus, he or she is making a true "free will" choice because the decision itself is based on internal rather than external factors.
The individual is not forced or coerced into making an either/or choice with no option for Good, but freely makes the decision for the sake and value of the Good.
Put another way, the decision is inspired by the positives of following and believing on Jesus rather than on the negatives of not following and not believing on Jesus.
Authentic spiritual freedom is the ability to actively and willfully decide what is Good and evil, and to decide this from the free heart of the Divine Self with Christ as its guide.
Something to bear in mind should any un-free, peck mandate circumstances arise in the coming days/weeks/months.