"I have been the subject of my time, as powerless to resist as a migrating bird or a salmon swimming upstream.” Claire Tomalin, celebrated biographer and literary editor, born in 1933.
Just as Tomalin, who acknowledges that she is little known to herself, we have a hard time getting our heads around ourselves. Like water to a fish and air to a bird, we are scarcely aware of the possibilities and the boundaries of the freedom with which we have been normatively situated by our culture.
Happily, we are discovering much about this freedom. Drawing on observation, study and experience, not to say the oral culture of the Autonomy and Life classroom, we are getting to know the natural and cultural underpinnings of who we are as free individuals, as one of many and as Americans. Needless to say, this effort helps us to cope with the ins and outs of existence and more than that, to flourish.