It is accepted that coercion is the natural way of things in our modern society. Coercion, which is the notion of persuading someone to do something through the use of threats or force, exists everywhere, whether it is at a state penitentiary, the United States border, or even in a local school district. This concept can both directly and preemptively deprive a person of options that he or she might have had beforehand and always invades someone’s autonomy. All of our accepted social, political, and economic norms all essentially depend on some form of coercion in order to operate, and perhaps this is what is keeping us from our true potential as a species. For example, if a child drops out of school, he or she is more-or-less labeled as a failure by society. But if you really think about it, couldn’t dropping out be considered a sort of counter-control reaction to a coercive environment, a sort of escapement behavior to an environment that attempts to control their behavior? Maybe it’s time to rethink our so called “morals” and “ideals”. In order for humanity to progress, we must reconsider how our relational autonomy is subject to coercion in our present-day society. Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche believed that morality ought to be blamed “if the human species were never to attain to its ultimate potential and magnificence” (Preface. 6) while Karl Marx believed that the state was the ultimate form of coercion since it encourages capitalism and keeps the class system alive, as “every form of society has been based, as we have already seen, on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes” (Communist Manifesto. 1). Henry David Thoreau, on the other hand, was incredibly vocal about how the great evil of human life is conformity to the beliefs, values, and behaviors of others, especially since a man expressing his own opinion was “a phenomenon so rare that [he] would any day walk ten miles to observe it” (Walden. Visitors), and if these beliefs and values, including our concepts of justice, freedom, and equality, are founded on the bedrock of coercion, then humanity has a lot of work ahead in order to fix itself.