Human beings are creative machines both individually and when working together in groups.
Freedom provides a spark for beginning the creative process. Early stage scientists, engineers, and technician need the most freedom from control in order to do their best creative work. They are the free-to-explore creators that our economy relies on.
As we progress to manufacturing, that freedom diminishes. But without the free-to-explore creators the parts-of-the-machine creators would never get going. Without the parts-of-the-machine creators the free-to-explore creators would be hungry on the street and hindered to create.
Together when cooperating they make up large-scale human creativity, for now it works. Today the majority of the world would be happy with either role in exchange for a little security and provision.
I believe that we were created to do both and one day we will be able to do both. Freedom to learn, to invent and to explore while participating in creating things much bigger than ourselves, willingly, voluntarily as a part of a great machine and without fear.