Freedom, Love, and Responsibility

Homework Assignment for Thursday at bottom of this post!

You aren’t a real pope unless you can hit the slopes.

Notes Summary:

Before spring break and this week, we’ve been talking about conscience and freedom and the relation between the two.

This week, we’ve focused on the idea that perhaps freedom isn’t simply the ability to do whatever we want, but something more significant. Even looking at secular government documents like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we see that we give up the ability to do whatever we want to live in a freer and more flourishing society. In other words, we give up certain freedoms to gain a deeper freedom.

For Thursday, I’d like you all to read a little bit of Karol Wojtyla’s (aka John Paul II’s) work “Love and Responsibility” dealing with freedom and love. Wojtyla’s going to make the claim that, in some sense, our freedom finds its fullest fulfillment in the act and choice of love – desiring the good for the other – and that this love, in fact, frees us.



Wojtyla – Love and Responsibility

Annotate the reading with at least 2 comments/questions per paragraph. Underline the passage you would like to annotate, and then write a comment/question in the margin.

Once you are done with the reading, answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper. Remember to not put one or two word answers. I expect fully thought-out responses that use examples from the reading:

  1. What does Wojtyla mean by “freedom exists for the sake of love”? Why do you think this is? (the second answer isn’t in the reading – use your critical thinking!)
  2. What does the human will desire most? What is love, according to Wojtyla? Why is the human will necessary for love?
  3. What does Wojtyla mean by “the divine aspect of love”?
  4. What does love reveal about the human person’s worth?
  5. Why does love need to be “educated”?