The Relationship Between the United States and Left (III)
How do you design a social structure that accommodates the need for a “permanent rebellion” against its own present form?
No institutional and imaginative ordering of social life accommodates all our strivings. The next best thing to such an all-inclusive order is the recombination of experimental pluralism — different directions — with experimental self-correction — each direction subject to the condition that is ease with its own revision.
The aim is the creation of a self that is less the plaything of accidental circumstance and the puppet of a compulsive social routine; a more godlike self. Such a self is able to imagine and to accept other selves as the context-transcending agents they all really are. It can experience a form of empowerment untainted by the exercise of oppression and by the illusions of pre-eminence. To this end, society must equip the individual — every individual — with the educational and economic instruments he needs to lift himself up and make himself more godlike.