I think of it in terms of autonomy. It would be easy to just turn off my brain and follow a religion. No more tough problems to solve, no more tough decisions to make. It's easy to coast by, not standing for anything, not standing up for myself or being anything in particular. I could get away with it.
Taking responsibility for yourself means you suffer, you bear burdens others shrink away from. You stick yourself out and you take your licks. Sometimes you get something out of it, but often you're just the snaggly nail that gets hammered.
Some people would sooner die than be a hypocrite, or bow down to anyone else. That's what makes a person worth a damn.
Edited by reprobate (06/03/09 10:49 PM)