I refer to the last pages—in fact the last page—of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception, which includes a description of freedom as the ability to come to terms with the present, and of the need for a certain gift to be able to make something productive out of life’s choices. Merleau-Ponty writes, “It is by being what I am at present, without any restrictions and without holding anything back, that I have a chance at progressing; it is by living my time that I can understand other times; it is by plunging into the present and into the world, by resolutely taking up what I am by chance, . . . that I can go farther.” Italics added. Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception, 1945 (Eng. trans. New York: Routledge, 2012).