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Self-Liberation

As children, we need to submit to the authority and loving guidance of our parents because nature is often dangerous and society can be harsh and intolerant if its conventions are innocently or willfully violated. However, as we reach maturity there needs to be a transition to reliance on our own personal models of the world to guide our behavior and condition our expectations. Because the world has many would-be "experts" and authoritarians -- from clergymen to political ideologues, gurus to academic experts and dominating executives, and so forth -- there will always be a variety of competing doctrines seeking to enlist the credulous.

Ewbank recommends that we ignore "the abundance of conflicting doctrines about causation from the past, and stress. that the past is past." He labels empirical focus on the here and now as "existential philosophy", asserting that it helps us self-liberate from the doctrines that authoritarians seek to impose. By ignoring such authorities a person can build his or her own story of humanity and model of the world based primarily on personal experience and critical thinking. Ewbank describes that process as "self- liberation."

The liberated individual will distrust domineering authority and favor non-tyrannical forms of governance. A mature liberated person will recognize that passion for meritocracy, voluntary commitment, and individual integrity is required to sustain non-tyrannical governance. While nature typically features "pecking order" dominance, egalitarianism is a human quality that is expressed as democracy in large constituencies. As for the liberated individual, within certain groups he/she may have relatively greater "clout" concerning some matters. Having clout does not necessarily lead to exploitation of that clout. Liberated individuals will recognize the importance of "voluntary abstinence" from dominant behavior. But because it is not always obvious when voluntary restraint is appropriate, a non-tyrannical society will need to foster diverse examples of "enlightened authority (that) can guide individuals to voluntarily discern more appropriate individual philosophies (and behavior)."