States, organizations, large corporate entities, medium size companies, perhaps even smaller businesses, are all afflicted by an almost uncontrollable tropism towards exercising more and more control, enacting more and more laws and regulations, producing more and more Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and so forth. They can't help it. That's how they are.
Therefore, stop blaming the State and all the rest for your own personal development. When your personal effects include people loving it when you walk into the room and crying when you leave it, that is not the State's fault, it is YOUR fault.
Step up to it! You became who you are now through no fault of any State. It's your fault how you got up in the morning and it's your fault how you went to bed at night. If you want to blame me, get in touch!