People then and people now romance the “good old days” and complain about "what this world is coming to.” This is because we are born onto the tides of the status quo and carried by their current—and our own force of habit—to drift through our lives. We don’t like to leave our comfort zones. In the main, we like what we’re familiar with and know how to do. Besides, change and adaptation require new ways of thinking, new accommodations and new expenditures of energy.
However, what has always been true here in America, despite the seriously and perpetually unfinished business endemic to the conditions and circumstance of nationhood is this: The philosophy of life that prevails here was and is the demand and respect for the life lived autonomously. In the light of this originating, guiding and demanding principle, I envision and teach a philosophy apropos to your creative responsibility for the autonomous life.