“We all make choices but in the end our choices make us”
“In the end, what separates a man from a slave? Money? Power? No.
A man choose; a slave obeys”
Andrew Ryan - Bioshock series
I’m 17 year old boy, a high school student and also a gamer. The quote is from a game I play called “Bioshock”. At first look you’ll just think this is just a simple sentence, a few words that was spoken by a fiction character. But to me it has more to it, it has different meaning in it, it has something to do with this society, with our human mind and with the changes in this world as well. Take a look at what we’re doing every day. Now I know what you’re gonna say, everyday we sleep, eat, study, work and that’s it. But is it really that simple? Are we doing something else along with it as well? Have you ever thought that those simple actions that we do everyday has something in it ? What if I told you that everyday we all make choices but we weren’t aware of it. To be precise, choices are made EVERY SECONDS on this planet. And in America, a democracy country, choices are always important, because they are the main of the system. There’s gonna be a question: How can I be so sure about this? Or something like: what da hell you’re blabbering about? I’ll prove to you that my point is right and if I can’t, I will try harder.
A lot of people will say I only make choices in a certain situation, I only make choices when I don’t know what to do, or I only make choices when It’s hard to decide something important. It’s all correct, because that’s what a normal human being will do. But I want to repeat the claim that I had which is every seconds choices are made by us, not only in certain circumstances. Everyday you wake up, your brain starts to work and that’s when the choices begin. You choose what to wear when you go outside, you choose that you want travel by foot or by car, you choose what to bring along and you choose what food you want to eat, who you want to meet and what you want to do with your life as well. Obviously we always choose what we want but do we always get what we wanted ? Is it “we all make choices but in the end our choices make us”? What does Andrew Ryan mean when he says this? The world “make” here can be understood in different ways. It could be make us happy when the choice leads to happiness and brings good result. It could be make us suffer because you’d chosen the wrong option. Or it could make us shatter to pieces, broken dreams, pain, even worse suicide.
So yeah wrong choices leads to bad things, but how can we tell that we’re doing the right thing ? How can we tell that our choices are right or wrong ? When we started appearing on this world we’ve chosen our own path, our own way of life and we always have this question: Are we living right ? Hard to tell isn’t it. “I feel something so right . By doing the wrong thing. I feel so wrong. By doing the right thing.” A lyric in “counting stars” from One Republic just show us that sometimes we don’t even know that you’ve done the right thing or the wrong thing, but you just did it. And in the end, those choices that we made makes us think about what we’ve done, think about the consequences, think about what happens next. Make us think, feel, and realize is my best explanation for the word “make” in the quote.Always remember you are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequence of your choice.
Choices are powerful, your decision is powerful, your mind is powerful. But it’s more powerful than just make you think. It has the power just like this Andrew Ryan’s quote:
“In the end, what separates a man from a slave? Money? Power? No. A man choose; a slave obeys”
Ok, question: how powerful choices can be to be able to separate a man from a slave and decide who has the power to control who ? Explain this a little bit, “a man” is a person who has his own free of mind, to be able to choose what he want, to be decisive. “A slave” pretty much is the one who have to bend to someone’s will, do what others want and never have their own freedom to choose or decide anything. In the quote, what does Andrew Ryan mention about the difference between them ? It’s the choices “A man choose; a slave obeys”. Decide to take control or to be manipulated that’s your choices as well. Money, power will make your life much easier I agree, but when it comes to choices, i’m not sure that you have any. Choices are the one that make you free, have your choices means you can decide what you want to do, know your goal and the purpose of all the things that you’ve done. Do not perceive that slave is the one that have to serve the high class, the rich, but also the one has to obey someone’s will. If you don’t have your choices, your decision you have already became a slave in your mindset and people with their own ideas will try to mess with your head, try to force you to think that their choice is the right one. You don’t want to obey don’t you. You want to choose, even when you stuck, don’t know what to do, you can still have the option to keep on choosing or give in your choices to obey. Always remember that you have choices, and the 3 basic choices that you have in life is: To give up, to give in, or to give it all
Have your will strong and steady, believe in yourself and what you think it’s right, that’s the best thing you can do to choose, to decide how your fate, future and how this community grows. Choices makes human mind fascinating, variation of choices gets variation of results. Best thing about it is some will bring unexpected result so always be prepared for the outcome and face it. Prepare to choose and prepare to face the consequences, That’s what makes human great, not wealth or power. So dear future president, I hope that your choices ALWAYS HAVE TO BE considered before doing something, and we -the people of this country- should be able to give our opinions about your choices as well. We need to know that if your choices is wise enough to bring us the future or not.