"Man is condemned to be free." So said Jean Paul Sartre, the French existentialist. And perhaps only a French existentialist could think that we are "condemned" to be free. It's the kind of thing that would occur to you as you sit in a Parisian cafe on a rainy afternoon, smoking unfiltered cigarettes, and feeling the enormity of existence settle on your shoulders as you gaze in ineffable, inexplicable horror at the glass of beer in front of you.
[The podcast, which is very good, is actually about Epictetus.]