Autonomy: (n) freedom from external control or influence; independence
The trouble with what I think is that it comes from my thoughts.
So over the years, I have pondered the difference between needing and wanting.
Living in a society that greatly believes in autonomy, I get tempted occasionally to consider that my information is enough to provide me success.
For after all, I don’t want to need anyone.
And even wanting seems to be clingy.
So the end result is that most individuals go along pretty well until they come across a problem that requires assistance, but instead they worked with their own ideas, leaving a gaping hole or a disaster.
At that point, you can either admit your mistake or you can be a true American and disguise it and lie about it. But suddenly you might find yourself with a microphone in your face as people ask you why you did this terrible deed and what caused you to think you could get by with it.
Here’s what I feel–I want to know myself well enough that I’m fully aware of my inventory of facts, so that when any situation comes up, I can either say, “I need no one else on this,” or “I want a buddy.”
I don’t want to be needy all the time, but I refuse to end up wanting because I’m afraid to admit my lack.
So here’s the three-step process which I use every day of my life when it comes to things that pop up in my pathway:
- Do I know anything whatsoever about what is confronting me?
- Of the little I do know, will my knowledge be enough to handle the difficulty?
- If not, who do I want to invite into my predicament to aid me?
Autonomy is wonderful if you know what you’re doing.
If you don’t, autonomy is that first step you take off the edge of the cliff … insisting that the angels should catch you.
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