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Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we
do not know who we are, or where we are going in this
ocean of chaos,
it has been the authorities, the political, the religious,
the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing,
forming in our minds their view of reality.
To think for yourself you must question authority and
learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open-mindedness;
chaotic, confused, vulnerability to inform yourself.
Think for yourself.
authority |əˈθôritē; ôˈθär-| (abbr.: auth.) noun ( pl. -ties) 1 the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience : he had absolute authority over his subordinates | positions of authority | they acted under the authority of the UN Security Council | a rebellion against those in authority. See note at jurisdiction . • [often with infinitive ] the right to act in a specified way, delegated from one person or organization to another : military forces have the legal authority to arrest drug traffickers. • official permission; sanction : the money was spent without congressional authority. 2 (often authorities) a person or organization having power or control in a particular, typically political or administrative, sphere : the health authorities | the Chicago Transit Authority | the authorities ordered all foreign embassies to close | she wasn't used to dealing with authority. 3 the power to influence others, esp. because of one's commanding manner or one's recognized knowledge about something : he has the natural authority of one who is used to being obeyed | he spoke with authority on the subject. • the confidence resulting from personal expertise : he hit the ball with authority. • a person with extensive or specialized knowledge about a subject; an expert : she was an authority on the stockmarket. • a book or other source able to supply reliable information or evidence, typically to settle a dispute : the court cited a series of authorities supporting their decision.