I see and hear things and absorb the information. The data goes through a process of analysis. I come to conclusions, and then I act accordingly, or I simply allow the insight to settle in my unconscious mind.
The analytical process is important, because it enables me to make some choices and decisions. Intuition is another factor to take into account, because I know that my feelings are a means of indicating the likelihood of well being for myself.
Others make choices and decisions that affect my prospects. In some cases, they have more agency than I have, due to circumstances beyond my control.
It has been said that each of us has the wherewithal to become more independent as time passes by. This may be so, but life isn’t as simple as that. Some folks like the idea of controlling the life choices of their fellow humans.
Is there a more important struggle for anyone than the one that retains a person’s right to be a free spirit?