Along with such opportunity comes, of course, America’s demand that its citizens manage the civilized behavior they are required to engage as they create a life of their own design. While such a demand for self-government seems reasonable and fair enough, each of us knows in practice just how difficult it is to manage the immediate sub-rational responsiveness that emerges in any competitive arena.
Everything else being equal, making it in America depends on the development of our conviction in the value of the Constitutionally supported American ego-function. This conviction is crucial because the structure of the American ego-function is the referential authority for the practice of responsible autonomy.
Said another way, our chances of making it in America depend in large part on the degree of competence with which we manage our ego-function. Competence here refers to our ability to rein in exploitive, duplicitous and other unsocial behaviors, to metabolize the embarrassment and disappointment that accompanies competitive defeats and to get back to work in countless fields of endeavor, e.g., as employees, employers, homemakers and entrepreneurs.
Among the means we need to manage our ego-function as we compete for position is our ability to reset our determinism. This will require us to reconfigure our ego-function.