The scientist, the politician, the christian, the buddhist, the academic, the missionary, the atheist, the philosopher... they are all equally
confined by the limits of their conditioning. They all have constructed identities based on their understanding of the 'truth' and thus propagate
their judgment about the world based on these beliefs. They all believe their conditioning is correct and the others are wrong. They all are causing
division and conflict within this world without knowing it. Thus, all of their effort to 'heal the world', or mend the fragmentation of mankind, or
understand 'higher levels of knowledge', go to waste because their beliefs create the very problems (division and conflict) they are trying to solve.
Now, it must be said that if there is anything that can be called a 'truth', then only a free-thinker can find this 'truth'. A mind limited by
previous conditioning; by beliefs, methodologies and ideologies, will overlook and not see this 'truth' because its focus is too narrowed and rigid.
And so a free-thinker must by definition be defiant towards all forms of authority, because "authority" by definition entails limitation.
So, If I reject all forms of authority, be it political, academic, scientific, economic, religious, societal, and so on, then I will have no choice
but to find out who I am, why I am, and where I am, for myself.
But if I rely on someone else; the scientist, politician, preacher, judge,
teacher, parent, spouse, to give me these answers than I will have no way of knowing what is true and what is merely speculation, or worse,
edit on 26-3-2012 by LifeIsEnergy because: (no reason given)