In the light of good fortune, it is easy to be stable, content—fit for life. But what of adversity? What does it take to be free, stable and in control when our hope is broken? When our nervous systems have been shocked by defeat or rocked by anger? When our obligations demand that we renounce an abiding passion or a disquieting moral timidity?
We know how important it is to transcend discontent, to rally ourselves and those who depend on us after the inevitable disappointments, resentments and anxieties that accompany the struggle to prevail and thrive. This has been one of life’s (and religion’s) biggest challenges.
For those whose perspective on the crucial matter of personal freedom is modern and worldly, our discipline, Autonomy and Life taught by Arnold Siegel, directly addresses how to be fit at any stage of life and under any circumstance and is, we believe, destined to take its place among other human studies.