However, don’t even the most ardent antagonists and naysayers defer to and hold dear some things? Don’t we defer to the fears, timidity and passions that live in our sub-rational determinism and to our own ego-sanctioned self-righteous prejudices? Don’t we defer to exclusionary privileges we deem earned by education, accrued power and influence, bloodline, virtue, wealth, regionalism, social standing, etc.? And don’t we hold dear our personal safety and the pleasures of a comfortable life? Don’t we wish the world to be a less frightening place for those who depend on us?
But it is a fact that many of us are not really intent upon achieving America’s historical civilized vision. Our irrational responsiveness makes sense to us and we see no reason to reset our hereditary, conditioned and patterned determinism though we suffer for it.
On the other hand, we who study Autonomy and Life do so because of a particular philosophic (and decidedly patriotic and loyal) light. Though well aware of the hard-wired determinism on which we are biologically situated, we are intent upon knowingly creating our perception and response, that is, on taking enlightened possession of ourselves.
We accept that we are obligated as sovereign individuals to qualify our response to the demands of life, as well as to the automaticity and fractiousness of our immediacy. At the same time, we are committed to act on our responsibility for making what we can of the opportunity to create a life of our own design.