Week 10: Autonomy

Zest: Opening to Horizons

What I’m proposing, to myself and other people, is what I often call the tourist attitude – that you act as though you’ve never been there before. If you really get down to brass tacks, we have never been anywhere before. [John Cage] The world of ideas which it discloses
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Freedom

I do not believe we can have any freedom at all in the philosophical sense, for we act not only under external compulsion but also by inner necessity. Schopenhauer’s saying— “A man can surely do what he wills to do, but he cannot determine what he wills”—impressed itself upon me
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Liberating

Becoming liberated is the act of breaking free from constraint. Constraint may be physical, spiritual or both. Those who experience a moment of liberation usually remember it all their lives. Our art and literature celebrate that life-changing moment in the lives of many when the body and/or the spirit becomes
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Choosing

The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour. [Japanese proverb] Making a plan is a choice. Acting on it is a choice. Deciding not to act is a choice. Deciding not to choose – there is no such thing; we can only decide
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Planning

Because we are autonomous beings capable of imagining what is possible, we can plan actions that can transform our dreams into reality. The ability to plan is an essential part of the human narrative.
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Will

The emotional component of autonomy is the will. Philosophers will continue to debate whether it is real but no one can afford to live as though it is not.
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Autonomy

Though our paths and our fortunes may be linked, each of us experiences life as an autonomous individual. Fantasy though it may be, it seems as though we are endowed with an independence of person. The novel and film “The Exorcist” challenged this image with a horrifying image of its
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