Autonomy belongs to those who will accept it.
The artist, composer, writer, athlete or scholar is no more or less free than any other person, and is equally subject to the forces of history and the demands of the present day. Nonetheless, it is never the case that one must allow oneself to be coerced or forced to venture one opinion or another on those things upon which such judgement is to be held in abeyance, that is to say, upon those issues that will never be settled. What one observes are facts, what one expresses are perceptions that may be objective, subjective, or neutral. What is of greatest importance is whether or not such an expression is real, or merely an appearance. This is the essential nature of creative purpose.