Loss of Sovereignty

“We have delegated away much of what matters in our lives, partly to governments, police forces, judges, courts, social workers, managers and teachers, in part to therapists, counsellors, advisers, coaches and gurus, each of whom we pay, through taxation or fees, to manage our affairs, relationships, conflicts or emotions better than we can or have time to do. This constitutes a massive loss of sovereignty over our lives, and it means that when things go wrong, as at times they must, we are liable to despair, because our destiny now rests in other hands, not our own. That is the weakness of contracting out large aspects of our lives, as against assuming personal and moral responsibility.”

The Dignity of Difference, p. 66