“The State” is thought to have a kind of special moral status that sets it apart from and above other agents. This special moral status explains why States are entitled to coerce people in a wide range of circumstances while no other agent would be permitted to coerce people. That part, that is, the entitlement to coerce other people is known as political legitimacy. While the other part of authority is generally thought as people being obligated to obey States’ commands even when people would not be obligated to obey similar commands if issued by anyone else.
Personal: Enlightenment: I experience myself and the world as subject and object only through conceptualization and language. My mind produces a subject-object dualism. The subjectivity of my mind affects the perception of the world that is held as being objective by nature. …What does knowing thyself mean? Why is the discipline of examination and reexamination of the self so painful since so much of everyday living is automatic?