Autonomy is a myth.
Satan thought he was autonomous. Adam and Eve thought they were autonomous. And all of mankind ever since, think that they, too, are autonomous.
Autonomy is simply looking at life as though we are a world unto ourselves. It is looking at life as though we are self-governing. As though we did it all alone. We answer to no one. We can do as we please. We are right.
Autonomy tugs at our spiritual life. It is an attitude given life by Satan as he seeks to drag us into the same thinking that guaranteed his demise. To be sure, Satan doesn’t have to work at it for we come by it quite naturally. It’s pride. It’s confidence in the self. And we easily give in to it because it soothes the self.
Fortunately, there is a way out of this. There is a way to guard against this frame of mind. The way out is gratitude. Unconditional gratitude.