posted on May, 9 2014 @ 07:59 AM
From the moment you were born, the hands of authority had you in their grasp. You were a clean slate ready to be conditioned; a fresh drop of water to
be added to the river of life. What made this river function were the boundaries and crevices which influenced the flow of the water. The strong
foundations of the river ensured that you could not properly separate from the other water and when you attempted to, you were moved back into the
From this moment forward, you were easy prey for those in positions of authority. Parents and legal guardians, bosses, government officials, law
enforcement officers, lawyers and judges, scientists and mentors all played their role – some better than others – at instilling your obedience to
authoritative figures. As you aged, the more you noticed that there were consequences for your actions when you disobeyed.
All of this had a deep psychological impact on your mental functioning. You no longer spoke your mind freely but had to be more reserved. You could no
longer be upfront and honest about your views, instead preferring not to upset nor offend others. You prioritised honouring the wishes of your
superiors ahead of your own well-being. You were told to obey and you did.
One day you awoke from your slumber and came to the realisation that you are a unique individual who seeks truth. But truth cannot be discovered when
you are shackled by the chains of the system – one that functions on corruption, awards obedience and punishes deviance. When you did try to deviate
from the norm you were ostracised by the community and ridiculed. Going too far risked losing your partner, your family, your friends, your freedom,
and the social benefits of living within a civilised society.
The idea that we should not question authority is ingrained in us from an early age. We are conditioned to believe that those in positions of
authority are right and challenging them is wrong. We are taught that those in power are wiser than us and that we can trust and look up to them.
Whether it's your parents, your boss, or the local officer, trust and respect need to be earned and are not automatically bestowed upon these people
due to their position.