Studying autonomy and life, we have been enabled to take up the opportunity and burden involved in the American experience. We’ve immersed ourselves in the philosophic framework that houses the forms and processes that shape the responsible behavior expected of the autonomous subject. Our quest is also enabled by a growing ability to place the content or function of our own animal body into the context of the executive responsibility required of an autonomous subject. Moreover, as we embody this overarching identity needed to own and manage our lives in a regulated environment, we find the security of mind and place to make ourselves fit to address both possibility and adversity.
Nonetheless, finding our fit of living system and regulated environment is an ongoing challenge. Driven-by-primal-instincts animals, we are frustrated by the constant demand to transcend our immediacy by directing its energy toward responsibility, competence, perseverance, etc. We need these skills to fit into and enact the form-filled requirements of an autonomous subject in a modern world.
What I say is challenging. However, achieving a good fit of the living system into the regulated environment in which we find ourselves is doable (and demonstrably of great reward) as we become more responsible for being in possession of ourselves. The opposite of this state, the subject I intend to address next, is dispossession—an uncomfortable and agitated misfit of the life we inhabit. Why? Because we can suffer terribly all our lives at the effect of this condition without realizing that we are living in a state of dispossession.