I did not know it then, but my attraction to my bride is that she is the most
Yet, now that I am aware of the concept, it seems my person is collaboratively autonomous, too. I return her cooperation. Moreover, I discovered that I have always trusted and committed to the objective truth
It seems that both parties are humble about their differing faith [or trust]. The bride asserts that her faith admits to mysteries: the particulars cannot be explained, and that is why they are called “mysteries.” Nevertheless, her faith sustains her each day and comforts her for the uncertainties, threats, pain, and losses that life inevitably brings. I've seen it; felt it; cried it. When there is tragedy and sorrow to bear, I want my bride by my side. Perhaps she still wishes I
The groom accepts that he does not know what he does not know; mysteries hinder him. He thinks that in his afterdeath, he will become dust and any accomplishments [during life] yet he accepts that his person may survive death and be judged by Jesus. He will not share his preparation for that possibility, because he does not want anyone to mimic what may be a mistake; he does not know. He only has
Through my bride, I have learned to offer humility to other people, no matter what their status in life, and especially to fellow citizens, most especially those who offer peace, no matter where they are [on their path] and how far they have progressed
Such freedom is expressed by Huckleberry Finn, when he debates either reporting escaped slave Jim or facing Sunday-school threat and declares, “All right, then, I'll go to hell.” Mind-change often takes drastic experience like experiencing the friendship of an American slave in the 19th century. If any of the Tennessee Protestant women I courted had wanted me, I would not have met the woman whom I would not change for anything and would probably never have discovered myself: a person with trust and commitment to the objective truth of which much is undiscovered and some is understood. But I am deliberate (or slow) about such matters.
It would not surprise me if some seventy million Americans have similar
I have been writing letters to the editor for nearly twenty years, always trying to suggest ways for citizens to support each other. During those years I was also reading and commenting on non-fiction books and articles to increase my understanding of civic division. For example, on April 8, 1996, the Advocate’s editor captioned my letter, “Focus on Abdul-Rauf’s courage.” These old sentences are precious to my eyes:
Autonomy: Synonyms include freedom, liberty, sovereignty, self-rule, self-governance, and self-determination. Humans are born into a contradictory world that harbors many predators: religion, sex, guns, drugs, alcohol, TV, computer games, and entertainment, to name a few. Typical newborns are motivated yet innocent and many learn to be gullible, indolent, and dependent. However, a few discover learning, comprehending, and understanding and therefore become self-determinant as they approach and enter adulthood.
The gap between birth and cooperative autonomy is astonishing, and only a human being (no other mammal) can fill it. Yet only a few do. There are so many examples of people who filled it magnificently, their way: Steve Jobs, Barry Manilow, Thomas Sowell, and Abraham Lincoln come to mind for reasons I don’t understand, but you have already thought of examples. Collaborative autonomy comes before psychological maturity.
“We the People of the United States” as defined in the preamble did not ratify the “Constitution for the United States of America” for governance by trained workers or egocentric or apathetic or indolent persons. The Constitution is designed for informed citizens, but the Federalist Papers seem to assert that noble leaders will protect the people from themselves. How noble leaders were to be
Cooperatively autonomous citizens of 2016 have plenty of evidence to justify re-examination of the preamble: it, perhaps unintentionally, refutes the claim by James Madison that most people require coercion and force to assure good behavior. The
Each time I consider whether or not our regimes of government have intentionally enslaved some eight generations of “We the People of the United States” as defined in the preamble to be “the workers we need,” I think of Machiavelli, 1513, The Prince: We are enslaved by design. However, coerced enslavement can be over, because the idea that the preamble offers just governance by justly governed citizens has been published. If the enslavement continues, it is the fault of the citizens. It is and has been up to collaboratively autonomous citizens to fulfill the preamble: America's future is in our hands.