I didn't leave it unanswered, I said that the answer was "nobody". Nobody owns you.I don't think that one can leave the question unanswered. Either the individual is deciding, directing, and controlling himself, or someone else is.
This all goes back to my points about human interaction, brain function, etc. I suspect we are as not free in our personalities as many others here think we are. In other words, I am more nature than most in the nature vs nurture debate. There is a lot about our very selves we have no real control over, thus its not always a black or white question as to what is controlling us.
Last edited by tacomancer; 06-23-12 at 09:08 PM.
We casually accept subordinate positions all the time.
Perhaps the difficulty is in perspective.
Perhaps its not "possession" but the right to compel or deny.
As a kid, reading college level by sixth grade, I frequently encountered referrent problems.
An event that seriously colored my life was the first time I saw the "Question Authority" tee shirt.
Rather than ask questions of those in authority, I questioned the concept of authority itself.
"Why does anyone else have the right to tell you what you can and can't do?" Was a question that caused much adult squirming. Some variation of "just because" or "that's the way the world is" was pretty standard, and while kinda true, wasn't an answer to the question.
After digging and looking and doing that semester of civics and the Constitution in 7th grade I came to the conclusion that at its heart, authority derives from the ABILITY to compel or deny. Force.
The Founders take was the force is necessary but should be wielded collectively rather than by one or a few. Not a perfect solution, but it trundles along.
I think our govt has "gone rogue", is no longer working in the best interests of everbody together but FOR the interests of everybodies little groups instead.
Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
The Psychology of Persuasion