Self Determination

Every day, we make large and small decisions that influence our lives, and it is important to most people to have some level of control over their own future. However, we often don’t have control, or we forfeit control to others, be they our parents, our bosses, or our government. How does self-determination, or the power to control our own lives, affect our ability to lead a happy or fulfilled life? What infringements upon self-determination are justified?