We all think we’re the exception, but none of us are. “Free thinkers” bow to Kant and the Enlightenment; drug addicts bow to drugs; our culture as a whole bows to sex/pornography; feminists bow to the ideology of gender equality; politicians, whether conservative or liberal, bow to ideologies in politics; post-modernity bows to freedom without boundaries, relativism, hedonism, and individualism. We all do it.
Naturally you might say we should stop bowing and stand tall. “Bow to no one!” Except then we fall into the trap of bowing to the idea that we bow to no one.