I was reading up on Daft Punk the other day and came across this quote from one of their interviews:
“We’ve got much more control than money. You can’t get everything. We live in a society where money is what people want, so they can’t get the control. We chose. Control is freedom. People say we’re control freaks, but control is controlling your destiny without controlling other people. We’re not trying to manipulate other people, just controlling what we do ourselves. Controlling what we do is being free. People should stop thinking that an artist that controls what he does is a bad thing. A lot of artists today are just victims, not having control, and they’re not free. And that’s pathetic. If you start being dependent on money, then money has to reach a point to fit your expenses.”
We tend to think of being controlling as a bad thing, and it certainly can be. But there’s a positive side to control when it’s directed towards our own destinies.
One of the great privileges of being human is that we have the capacity to make moral decisions. We don’t have to just go with the flow. We can set our own priorities and imperatives. For the most part, we get to choose what kind of trades we make, and as seen above, Daft Punk has chosen to trade money for freedom…which makes sense to me.
Now, as Christians, we know that TRUE freedom is only found in surrendering control to Christ. But even that is a continual choice. At the end of the day, we’re still responsible for deciding which direction our lives will go.
So how about you? Are you a controlling person in all the right ways? What choices have you wrongly abdicated to others? What does it look like for you to live your life rather than someone else’s?