"O homines ad servitutem paratos."note
We fight a life or death struggle against the powers of capitalism. Only complete faith in Yuri can protect you. Only total compliance will save the lives of you and your family. Empty your mind, and submit to my will. The less you know, the better off you will be. I am Yuri. Obey me.
— Yuri, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2
Fire needs no teacher! Flame needs no instruction! Anti-Life justifies my ignorance! Life is a question. Anti-Life is the answer.
— Black Lightning, Final Crisis: Submit
Awareness of self is no miracle, Eleanor... it is a trick of the gene, an endless inner refrain, asking: "What's in it for me?" To serve the world, we must grow deaf to the self.
— Dr. Sofia Lamb, BioShock 2
Jasmine: There are no absolutes. No right and wrong. Haven't you learned anything working for the Powers? There are only choices. I offered Paradise. You chose this!
Angel: Because I could. Because that's what you took away from us. Choice.
Jasmine: And look where free will has gotten you.
Angel: Hey, I didn't say we were smart. I said it's our right. It's what makes us human.
Jasmine: But you're NOT human!
Angel:...Working on it.
- Angel, "Peace Out"
With us everyone will be happy, and they will no longer rebel or destroy each other, as in your freedom, everywhere. Oh, we shall convince them that they will only become free when they resign their freedom to us, and submit to us. Will we be right, do you think, or will we be lying? They themselves will be convinced that we are right, for they will remember to what horrors of slavery and confusion your freedom led them.
— The Grand Inquisitor, The Brothers Karamazov
We're not telling people what to think. We're just going to teach them how.
Free will is overrated.
People with beliefs like that usually have a disorder that prevents them from understanding loyalty to anything but their own desires. A defect in their lateral cortex makes them abnormally egocentric, and the same disorder keeps them from having any impulse control. I learned about it in socio-deviance.
— Kalisi Reyar (Cardassian student), Terok Nor.
Norris: What happened to free will?
Thompson: We actually tried free will before. After taking you from hunting and gathering to the height of the Roman Empire, we stepped back to see how you'd do on your own. You gave us the Dark Ages for five centuries until finally we decided we should come back in. The Chairman thought that maybe we just needed to do a better job with teaching you how to ride a bike before taking the training wheels off again. So we gave you the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution. For six hundred years, we taught you to control your impulses with reason. Then in 1910, we stepped back again. Within fifty years, you'd brought us World War I, the Depression, fascism, the Holocaust, and capped it off by bringing the entire planet to the brink of destruction in the Cuban Missile Crisis. At that point, a decision was taken to step back in again before you did something that even we couldn't fix. You don't have free will, David. You have the appearance of free will.
Norris: You expect me to believe that? I make decisions everyday.
Thompson: You have free will over which toothpaste you use or which beverage to order at lunch, but humanity just isn't mature enough to control the important things.
Norris: So you handle the important things. Well the last time I checked, the world's a pretty screwed up place.
Thompson: It's still here. If we'd left things in your hands, it wouldn't be.
The unenlightened masses
They cannot make the judgment call
Give up free will forever
Their voices won't be heard at all
Display obedience while never stepping out of line
And blindly swear allegiance, let your country control your mind
—Collective Consciousness, theme of Senator Armstrong, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Connor Kenway: What is it that the Templars truly seek?
Haytham Kenway: Order. Purpose. Direction. No more than that. It's your lot that means to confound with this nonsense talk of freedom. Time was, the Assassins professed a far more sensible goal, that of peace
Connor Kenway: Freedom IS peace
Haytham Kenway: Oh, no, it's an invitation to chaos. Only look at this little revolution your friends have started. I have stood before the Continental Congress and listened to them stamp and shout, all in the name of liberty. But it is just noise
Our minds are born festering with sin. Some are so blighted, they will never find redemption. The mind must be pulled up from the roots. My children are without blame, without fault—and without choice. For what is the value of will when the spirit is found wanting?
— Elizabeth, "The Value Of Choice" voxophone from BioShock Infinite.
Freedom is life's great lie. Once you accept that, in your heart, you will know peace.
We can coexist, but only on my terms. You will say you lose your freedom. Freedom is an illusion. All you lose is the emotion of pride. To be dominated by me is not as bad for humankind as to be dominated by others of your species.
The last of the Not-Whole shall be discovered, though our eyeholes wince at their hideousness. Their bodies shall be absorbed and their imperfection shall be purged. The Machine Orthodoxy shall engorge the Not-Whole and their deficient isolation shall be obliterated in the Unity. Only then shall the last wounds in the Circle be healed. Only then shall this world complete itself.
— High Chancellor Izathel, Magic: The Gathering