Escaping one prison leads to another. A larger one at least.
Someone living on $2 per day on the brink of starving would very likely trade it in for the job you can’t stand to go to each day.
How then do we not switch from one cage to the next?
I wish there was an easy answer. So, it seems, that it is a paradox.
But I will say, that being free has a physical component and a psychological one. Perhaps, breaking the bonds of the physical world, we can transcend the existential. At least, when we jump out of the system and really examine the worlds we have imagined, we are at least tapping into something only humans can do–to think about our thinking.
Imagination has no boundaries. Perhaps then, we can erase the cages we have built.