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  • AUTHORITIES? - WELL PERHAPS


  • One should always be aware of what authorities indicate that you should do. Authorities are regarded as authorities because they are experts in the general cases that they understand, but they are not and never will be authorities in the specific cases that they encounter. Probably, we will find that we fall under the general cases most often, and if that seems correct to the individual, then the instructions provided by that authority can be helpful; one should always suspect those instructions that seem not to apply to the specific-- you. When this is true, most times it works more to one’s benefit to reject the authority and follow one’s own course.


  • Nowhere is this truer than when we get further away from science such as we do in religion and politics. Here, authorities are much more often incorrect, as there really are no authorities in the objective sense, but only authorities on their own opinions. Even when we deal in areas that have a verifiable existence, authorities are incorrect much more often than most suspect when they take the giant leap and apply the general to the specific.


  • The longer ago that we refer to an authority, the less likely that that authority is relevant to the individual of today, and even less likely to be relevant to the individual of the future, even when we are dealing with pure science. In areas where there are large disagreements between those that hold themselves up as authorities, the greater the likelihood that authorities are only authorities on their own opinions, such as mentioned earlier regarding religion and politics. Even within certain fields that seem objective or scientific, such as economics and psychology, the objectivity and science are so weak in regards to what is unknown and perhaps even unknowable, that one’s personal opinions may be more accurate than those in the fields that claim authority.


  • In general, authorities are often most suited for those that want a proxy for a parent than those that want to find their most optimal path through life.


  • WALT HASKINS


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