706: Freedom

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Sometimes I'm terrified to realize how many options other people have.
Title text: Sometimes I'm terrified to realize how many options other people have.


Randall comments on the absence of physical enforcement for social norms. Cueball goes through a list of possible things he could do that only his conscience and learned social mores prevent him from doing, before promptly receiving a punch to the face justified with his own reasoning.

The image text is a restatement of the first line of the comment, but reversed to show Cueball's newfound realization that the same freedoms apply to other people, to his physical detriment.

This is also an ironic reference to Zechariah Chafee's oft-quoted line, "Your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man's nose begins."


First Man: Sometimes I'm shocked to realize how many options I have.
Second Man: Oh?
[First Man shakes his fist.]
First Man: Like, at any moment in any conversation, I could just punch the person I was talking to, and all these potentially life-changing events would unfold.
First Man: It's only my mental rules that stop me from punching you, or stripping naked, or getting on a plane to Fiji. Sure, rules have reasons. But shouldn't you exercise that freedom at least once before you die?
[First man is knocked down on the ground, dazed and bruised.]
First Man: Okay, I should have seen that coming.
Second Man: But you couldn't! That's the beauty!

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The last sentence "But you couldn't", is probably also a reference to the fact that even though we and other people have many possibilities, we never expect anyone to actually use them. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

More like we didn't expect other people to utilize the possibilities that they did. Or Didn't. Jakee308 (talk) 19:40, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

Sometimes I'm terrified to realize how many options I have 03:39, 19 September 2016 (UTC)

I think so much about this! Like, if I punched someone, what would society do? If I edited all of the comments above juuuuust a little, what would happen? If I... SilverMagpie (talk) 00:27, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

I would revert all the edits and delete your user page :]. (I'm joking. Or am I?) Beanie (talk) 14:25, 21 April 2021 (UTC)

Potions 101 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)