Certainly, we all want others to accept America’s transformational terms. Unless we all temper our selfish and brutal instincts, how will any of us feel secure?
Yet, a land wherein responsible autonomy is practiced by all does not come easily. As are we, those others we expect to maximize the quality and integrity of their autonomy are set in their ways. Additionally, our competent and creative responsiveness to life’s challenges is sorely limited by our psychologistically conditioned programming.
Though declared by the law of the land to be autonomous—in control of our behavior, and though our ego has us convinced that our perspective is right and true, many of us have little practical control over or dedication to any refined behavior that is not motivated by our narrowly determined self-interest.
Moreover, many of us are not really looking to improve our autonomy. Our certainties, our prejudices, our apathies, our vanities, our willingness to take advantage of others, all make perfect sense to us. In other words, for the most part, we make our choices and decisions based not on our freedom and fairness but on the patterns of our determinism.