Your authority

The biggest con perpetrated on man was the notion that authority comes from every other place but himself.

About Alton Drew

Alton Drew brings a straight forward and insightful brand of political market intelligence. Alton Drew graduated from the Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in economics and political science (1984); a Master of Public Administration (1993); and a Juris Doctor (1999). You can also follow Alton Drew on Twitter @altondrew.
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One Response to Your authority

  1. Kenneth Ciszewski says:

    I recall that an existentialist philosopher once said that man defines himself in action. Certainly, each of us can decide what we believe, who we are, and who we are supposed to become.

    That said, society generally doesn’t encourage independent thought. When I was in college one of my classmates pointed out that a college education should teach one how to think, and teach some useful information with which to make decisions, but in general, it seemed like it was just the reverse. We got lots of information, but little encouragement to think deeply and independently.

    The other thing that works against independent thinking, in my opinion, is that many people look to others for validation (consensus) about what they believe, because, if they are humble and thoughtful, they tend to question their own beliefs. It’s a very natural human tendency. It takes a lot of courage to know what you believe and follow it in spite of what others say about it. People who do that are often labelled “stubborn” or “bull-headed”, when in fact they may simply be single-minded and sure of themselves.

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