“The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.”
Alfred North Whitehead
Why won’t a given system set you free?
Because you can’t change it.
A system you can’t change is a prison. A man-made system you can’t change is a cult. The assumption is that the system was perfect when it was created. This is arrogance of the bad kind. (Yes, there is a good kind).
So there is, arguably, only one reason why the system won’t set you free: immutability.
The system will set you free. But only if it’s somewhat mutable — only if it can be changed to fit you. And only if you’re willing to mutate it. Generally speaking, we can go further and faster in shoes 2, but only if the shoes fit, and only if you’re open to changing shoes (in the event that they don’t fit).
You’re not a loser just because you can’t or won’t do certain things I and other people suggest. AJATT is not a religion. Changing end goals is giving up. Changing means isn’t. And the system is always only a means, a tool.
Set your system free so it can set you free.