Originally Posted by Andrew Michaels
Also, I'm not sure if this is an official philosophical stance, but I remember a few years back reading "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man." In it, he, for a time, chooses a stance, which may have been in Latin, which meant "I shall not serve," or some such.
I haven't read this myself, but some bouncing around on the Internet got me this:
"I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe
, whether it call itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defence the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile and cunning."
And I would call it indicative of the "quest for autonomy", as termed by Wikipedia. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia