How Does Moral Autonomy Differ From Personal Autonomy? Will either of them help you grow up?

A few of my more popular posts touch on the subject of autonomy and it appears to be a subject that raises eyebrows and invokes discussion.  In this article to want to break down the term and split it into moral autonomy and personal autonomy.  They are two subtly different concepts that can make a world of difference when helping you to either help yourself or your children.

The first idea we need to understand is the difference between adult thinking and childish thinking (A concept introduced to me by Robert Bly).  Children see the world in black/white, good/evil, me/you with themselves being the center of the universe with everything and everyone revolving around them. Obviously not a philosophy that you can carry on into adulthood.  In adulthood (when done properly) the world become a sea of grey areas.  Good contains bad.  Actions influence outcomes and interconnection replaces a centralized view of the world.


Personal Autonomy

self sufficientThese concepts are very well researched by some very brilliant minds and I don’t claim to be one of them.  What I do want to provided herein is a layman’s take on the world as I see it.  Hopefully you can read on long enough to form your own opinions and drop a comment if you see fit.  One thing I will promise if you unlike a lot of other blogs I won’t shy away from criticism.

The simplest way I can explain the idea of personal autonomy is quite simply the ability to stand on your own two feet and take care of yourself without significant input from other and without bringing down the people around you.

The following paragraphs are going to discuss several of the aspects required to make such an event a reality.

Financial independence – is undoubtedly the most import aspect of personal autonomy (in my opinion anyway).  To call your self financially independent you cannot be reliant on welfare and you cannot be regularly spending more money than you earn.

This simple concept is probably where most people fail.

Another relatively simple aspect is one’s Ability to make an independent decision.  When I say an independent decision, I mean you must be able to separate yourself from the herd (aka your peer group, fakebook circle of Instagram clan) and weigh up your personal reality versus the decision that is required to be made.  Far too often I see people just following along with the group thinking and bad decisions following bad decisions into a snowball effect.


Aspect 3. The Ability to choose short term pain for long term gain.  I want to say this one speaks for itself but the reality is that the bulk of people (wannabe adults) consistently choose instant gratification over long term gain.  If you can’t see the forest through the trees you are just a lost child walking in circles.


Aspect 4. Ability to differentiate propaganda & emotions from physical reality

This concept is number 2 on the level of importance I reckon.  The differentiation of the external world from your internal world. Until you become an enlightened soul you are not going to understand each of these world but just being able to acknowledge their existence and differentiate one from the other will allow you to operate in an adult world.

Aspect 5. Ability to accept the differences in people.  You don’t even have to embrace or glorify the differences just accept that fact that the world full of people made from carbon copies of yourself.  You really are not that important when you open your mind up to the entire world which lies beyond your social media circle or pub crowd.


Moral autonomy

Moral philosophy is also known as ethics.

What do you mean by Morality?

ethical materialismA long time ago children’s stories had morals, not so much now though.

In it’s simplest terms it is the ability to judge right from wrong but with a big picture world view not just your personal opinion aka “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.”

Morality is the differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with “goodness” or “rightness”. (Source: Wikipedia)


First up I want to point out the obvious path of segmentation that our modern society is being drive down.  Labelling.  It’s everywhere, everyone and everything needs to have a label and a definition.  It is often introduced under the guise of inclusion but labelling people just points out their differences and service to segregate people.  Segregation is obviously an adversary to autonomy.  Read on if you don’t believe me.


What external influences will affect your morality?

I don’t want to provide a deep philosophical read here.  Plenty of philosophers have spend years on such topics (but not recently).

In broad terms: politics & society/social trends.


Geography will change the moral landscape but that doesn’t change the fact that it is your local society coupled with your local belief system that dictates your expected morality.  For example, in some places when a woman is married a dowry must be paid, other places it would be morally incomprehensible.

Money and Materialism.  Whilst I do believe that money and materialism is the biggest reason for people to break their moral codes, I consider them as only secondary considerations when establishing the moral codes in the first place.  Primary reasons being politics (including capitalism) and society.

With respect to the society influences there is a massive trend that social media has encouraged which I will refer to as In-group preference.  In group preference is a lot like voluntary peer pressure on steroids.  Choose a group then adopt its dogma and blindly follow along without thought (turn your brain off and check it at the door). Safety comes in numbers and modern day sheeple seem to enjoy the brainless entertainment.  Once safely established within the group you can start your criticism of other groups, divide and conquer on a global scale.  A few examples are the plethora of different genders now available, or all the different sexual orientations, or social groups such as victims of (choose your enemy).  Finding yourself a group to align to within this framework of constant segregation is vital to protect yourself from the vilification individuals are subjected to (read more below).



What internal influences will affect your morality

morality autonomy authenticityFear of exclusion.  Following on with the topic of in-group preference.  Criticism and vilification has become a very strong influence in modern societies.  It comes in several different forms starting with shaming tactics and guilt trips all the way through to criminal prosecutions or even worse the court of public appeal.   Politically strong groups have formed very strong enforcement agenda’s (i.e. non-conformance is attacked almost on a military PSYOPs scale).

Case in point, the metoo movement has managed to ruin several people’s career similar to the same degree that a criminal prosecution would have done without the need for the pesky requirements such as evidence that a court would insist on.

If you have a fear of exclusion this will negatively affect your ability to gain autonomy.


Ability to Rationalize the illogical.  This is a trap that many people fall into, it will negatively affect your ability to gain autonomy.  Two things normally happen to lock you into the plateau that is in it’s extreme akin to insanity.  To blindly follow a social groups dogma you either need an incredibly low IQ or you need to be able to divorce reality from your emotions and create an intricate fabric of ideas that will rationalize the illogical and still stroke your own ego.

The best example I can think of is breast cancer support vs prostate cancer support.  Given the choice virtually everyone choose breast cancer support (because that is what they have been trained to do) but if you look beyond the myths you will see that prostate cancer is a much bigger problem to society and needs you help a lot more.


Resilience (ability to accept change and ability to accept differences in people).  The common myth is that as you get older you get more stuck in your ways and you cannot change.  i.e. you can’t teach a old dog new tricks.  What I am seeing now is that the age in which this stagnation takes effect has been lowered down to about 21.  The school system couples with the university indoctrination centers seem to be sufficient in locking down student paradigms and dictating their belief systems then eradicating all thoughts of acceptance, tolerance or openness from fragile young brains.  You probably won’t believe me because you have more than likely been convinced but if you take an empirical look at what your belief system is you will see that even the language you use is contradictory.   Inclusion is the perfect example.  The social agenda sold to us is that we all need to be more tolerant and include everyone in everything.  Then the caveats start to appear, such as:

  • women need to be included in workforces so quotas systems lead to exclusion of men
  • single mothers need to be included in daycare systems to taxpayers need to foot the bill
  • victims of domestic violence need inclusion so women only shelters are built, no men
  • homeless people need shelters, women only shelters are built, no men
  • women need to be included in the arms forces so quota systems are included and entry standards relaxed to promote their inclusion, lowering the overall standard
  • police forces and universities adopt unwritten policies of blindly believing all women making claims of abuse against men
  • the push for fat acceptance
  • hundreds of laws are introduced exclusively to protect women, not men
  • I could go on but the steam is starting to burn my ears

segregationThese are all results of segregation and people who need protection from their own lack of resilience.  If you can’t protect yourself from yourself no one else will be able to protect you.  Lack of resilience is a major scourge on us all and most people are too scare to speak up.



The simplest way I can explain the idea of personal autonomy is quite simply the ability to stand on your own two feet and take care of yourself without significant input from other and without bringing down the people around you.

When it come to Moral autonomy is the ability to judge right from wrong but with a big picture world view not just your personal opinion aka “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.”  It is not just the ability to judge a personal action that is right for you but an action which is right for everyone within the society.

Think of it in these terms if you are making the choice to separate from your husband (for whatever reasons) the morality you are choosing should be suitable for everyone in society.  If you are choosing to leave him just because you are bored than you should be happy to live in a society where every woman leaves her husband through boredom and the entire institution of marriage is thrown out the window.  Having made that decision you then need to own it and live with it,  when an opportunity for a second marriage comes along the fairytale of living happily ever after is no longer on the table (you chose to throw those morals out the window in your first marriage and they can’t get turn on and off like a light bulk).

The differences between the two can be describe with this analogy which I just dreamed up for you I hope it helps:

Think of yourself swimming in the ocean, Personal Autonomy is the ability to tread water and breath for yourself, Moral Autonomy comes after that and is the ability to then swim to the shore and continue on living with all your limbs intact.


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2 Replies to “How Does Moral Autonomy Differ From Personal Autonomy? Will either of them help you grow up?”

  1. Great article. These days the world needs more education about how to be strong, ethical, and independent. The fear and loathing of others has become a serious epidemic in our world, especially the American culture, as we’re lead by fake news and false implications. Please keep putting out your great content. Do you speak to youth or young adults to get this info out there?

    1. You are welcome cassie.  

      I have just been reading up on something called the global consciousness project, they are the sorts of phenomenon that are inspiring me. 


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