The work parallels those breakthroughs made in disciplines such as science, technology, philosophy and other human studies.
Here in America, we are bred to an autonomous imperative, expected to be responsible, self-reliant, financially and socially successful and, at the same time, satisfied with our lot. Except in blame- and shame-mongering media niches that encourage and thrive on audience discontent, we are generally aligned that we must be in command of a responsible and effective response to all that comes our way, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Exactly how to do this—how to achieve this command—is not a piece of the imperative. Yes, we inherit a hopeful feel for the independence that comes of being in command of our lives.
Yet, nowhere is it written exactly how best to respond to the natural, practical and social realities, and ordeals, that uplift or burden our circumstances. And what about our own temperament—cut deeply by genes? Or our more personal desires, fears, doubts and hesitations? How do they fit in?
Born of my love and regard for personal freedom
As an American thinker, I’ve given a great deal of thought to our situation. I understand that daily life is a continuous experiment with changing conditions and circumstances, that it requires a creative encounter wherein mistakes are quickly acknowledged and corrected, experience metabolized, and challenge recognized as the next step in the experiment.