Welcome. So you have come in search of an Autonomy Definition. Nice. The sort of thing you are going to find in a dictionary website is this
Autonomy: A state of being whereby one is devoid of all dependencies, completely self-sufficient – physically, mentally and spiritually.
At least, they should say something like that. The ones I looked at were sub-par to say it nicely.
Very quickly I want to add some context because it is a word that can be used in dozens of different ways.
Modern Context of autonomy
What immediately comes to mind is when I hear scientists and engineers talking about autonomous robots or cars. In this context it means machines that are operating completely by themselves and without the assistance of humans to make decisions for them.
Ancient Context of autonomy
Of course the concept of autonomy has been around for a lot longer than self drive cars. A thousand years ago people strove to remain alive and success in life was measured by the amount of food in your belly, how warm you were last night and you chance of living through the night tonight. In that context autonomy was defined as your ability to fend for yourself, obtain nourishment and sustenance from the world around you.
Childneedsfather.com Blueprint Autonomy context
Two very different contexts were explained above. Same word with bizarrely different surroundings right. Here on my website I refer to autonomy a lot as a goal which is worth trying to achieve so it only seems fit to add some context of my own.
Here is a quick list of the things I believe your autonomy should include:
- financial freedom (pay your own way)
- emotional freedom
- free from the constraints of your own self-imposed restrictions
- assertiveness, resilience, self-worth & awareness
- not caring what other people think or feel about your or your beliefs
Now, a few things that autonomy definitely does not include:
- any and all government handouts (including welfare and pensions)
- alcohol dependencies
- drug addictions
- restrictive belief systems
- narcissistic or solipsistic behavior traits
- fear of change
- dependence on others (including relationships/children)
- wage slavery
Hopefully that will give you enough to think about for now.
Check out more about my action series called Blueprint Autonomy here.