Happily, we who study the philosophy and practice of behavioral sovereignty have learned how to reduce the excessive load of our subjective burden.
Unless our heads are buried in the sand, it goes without saying that respect is in short supply.
Some of us manage the conditions and circumstances of autonomy as a serious business that calls for a wide-ranging, socially conscious responsibility.
Much of the story from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, however, like the story of life in America today, is harsh and mean.
Author Philip Roth’s subject matter was human behavior, all of it. His protagonists wanted to be free and unrestrained but they also wanted to be connected and belong.
Responsible autonomy is a creative feat, a moral obligation, and an independent accomplishment because we must be in control from the lower order.
Until it is the artificial intelligence of robots that tells us what “it’s all about,” human beings provide our information about the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. Without such information, we are, in large part, reflexive entities, driven forward and set back by forces we can’t see and don’t understand. Without such information, we live much of
We know from experience that controlling our anger and antagonism is difficult, not least so because our naked-primate, first-responder instincts are fierce and hard-wired into our brains. But it is also difficult because many of us who are habitually resentful, vindictive or cruel do not want to get over our anger. The harsh response is warranted, we believe, because (fill
The standards for our autonomy exist not because they possess an absolute power or truth. They are made by us and reflect what we expect of one another’s capacities for responsibility. In the main we are trained via the carrot and the stick to conform to these standards—to these rules and expectations stipulated by the cultural matrix. But mimicry, conformity
In the 1960s and 1970s the phrase, “Wake up and smell the coffee” was widely used by those in groups whose said purpose was an increased awareness of social phenomena about which they had been clueless and, as well, by those who used the concept as an excuse to get high. What “high” meant to some was a release from