The Grip of Authority!
Ultimate Legal authority resides here for the United States of America
We all have demons, mine are just more obvious
I fight authority, authority always looses. Authority is what we give it. Authority not taken as a privilege but as a right is wrong. I am authority in my domain, what a small domain. There are a whole bunch of folk who see it differently as the song below illustrates. But there is a long view and one that is more about winning than losing. We are coming for you Mr. Authority.
There are some who are taught that authority is always right. There are others that are taught to always question authority. It seems that in the end normal people come out to the same middle road. And that road says to always question with a presumption of proper authority. So we are bound to honor authority. But we are not bound to follow it blindly.
Police have authority. In San Diego there have reportedly been at least 10 recent cases of a policeman abusing that authority for varying degrees of sexual performances. So now when a 21 year old girl gets pulled over on a late Saturday night what should she do? Probably ask the officer to call for back up before she exits her car. Why not? If on the other hand she wants her "traffic violation" to just "go away" she might just want to cooperate. That is a seriously messed up situation. Trust of authority once broken is a mess to put back together.
Probably as youth this is accurate.
How about you?
Do you question authority?
Let us look at the machine
So you are at your friendly tax office to pay a bill. The bill says 500 dollars. And the bill includes and amount of 250 dollars for an item that you already paid for in advance. Well you have just made a terrible authority mistake. Nobody pays tax bills in advance (I am not talking about quarterly filings which are arguable at best). So "the computer" did not know, read that as "was not programmed to accept pre-payment" so the payment is in the never lands. That is why you came down to the office to pay.
You have your receipt for the previous payment and after taking a number and waiting one hour, you show it to the clerk. The clerk is clearly baffled and calls a supervisor. After some chatting back and forth you are told that "the computer" cannot adjust and you must pay the full 500 dollars and petition for the 250 dollars back.
So now who is the authority? The computer? Yes it would seem so. And that is scary. In order for the program to work it has to have a management type tell a technician type what is wanted and required. The technician has no authority but she has the ability to write the program as she sees fit. So now the citizenry is now under the de facto authority of the machine which is under the authority of the technician and all the work that legislatures, courts and administrators did is simply background noise. That is very scary indeed. Perhaps I am also reflecting on the roll out of ObamaCare. And really the most aggregious situations are those involving a customer service situation where you really should be the boss but the computer declines personal interraction so even though you are paying you are denied. And do not get me started on the authority of a call center in India and my phone bill in California.
Just who is the Wizard of Oz to have authority?
The traditional family structure teaches us well that the dynamics of authority must always be fluent and in a state of flux. We remember the day that power and authority changed hands when an American President stepped down among criticism and controversy. It was peaceful. There were no armies at the White House and yet there in the eve power went from one to another a change in regime. Nixon yielded power over to Lyndon Baines Johnson and the country carried on and continued to end a war and deal with social issues along with funding.
Families teach us this. Among children the eldest leaves home for college, in time the second oldest becomes the oldest and with that some authority is transferred and the continuum of the children's structure of authority is maintained. And of course at some point the parent becomes too old and run down to be the chief authority figure and so another begins to run the show and the authority is transferred bit by bit to spouses first and then the next generation. This is natural and what we should emulate in our day to day.
Holding on to authority when authority has lost it's ability is dysfunctional and the cause of many a problem. Youngest children who grow up to be Doctors and have families of their own are often still cast in the light of everyone in the family still having authority over them. Countries that have gained literacy and embrace knowledge and information but remain without democracy are dysfunctional.
If these situations occur rebellion is close at hand. We can only hope that the authoritarian recognizes the foregone conclusion and goes peaceably and not like Syria.
This sign struck the author as strange.
Authority in nature
Who has authority over the skies? Is it just the top predator? The answer to that is no. Take a walk in the woods or where wild birds have their freedom to act as they will. Watch the birds. Soon you will inevitably see the huge Eagle being pestered away from a tree by two small black birds. The Eagle is tops in the food chain but the persistence and insistence of the smaller birds acting together create an authority over their chosen tree and that is how life should be.
You have a say in authority. But it takes vigilance and persistence and insistence on matters of import. Pundits and leaders did not end our most recent wars and conflicts, your opinions did. More correctly your vocalized and mobilized voices and actions had the authority of right. And that is the most critical authority of all.
Who has authority over this 1,000 ft cliff?
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question of the day, should you always challenge the authority of your editor(s)?