Belief in authority is dangerous, and doubly so
majority is under its spell.
including the authority that told you
to question authority."
Scrawled on the backpacks and binders
of sixth grade girls at
Greenwood School in Mill Valley, California
There's nothing wrong
with authority itself. It's the belief part that messes everything
up. Anyone can claim authority. But such authority only
matters if others believe in it.
But the point is this:
But, and here's the rub,
As Albert Einstein said (himself an authority in the field of physics),
So if we're correct to
question Einstein's revolutionary theories, then we're exponentially
correct to question my unicorn theories.
No, it's when we
"believe" in authority, when we blindly follow a perceived
authority, that things go wrong.
Here are some reasons why.
than to convince them
that they have been fooled."
Did you know that unicorns also created the universe? Yup! Not only do they shit rainbows, they also puke universes.
The last unicorn died for our sins in a forest of fiery crosses. And the only commandment that survived the test of time is this:
Now enter unquestioning idiots with hooked-on-authority soup for brains.
They "believe" the Last Commandment of the Unicorns. They believe it so much that they refuse to question it, lest other believers think they are not true believers. Lest they get ostracized by the status quo. Lest they look "crazy" in the eyes of their fellow believers.
Now just replace The Last Commandment of the Unicorns with the Bible or the Koran or the Constitution of the United States, or state-driven police enforcement, or the belief that,
The problem is that people will fight, and kill, and murder, and commit both genocide and ecocide, for what they believe in.
But they might not have fought so violently and thoughtlessly had they simply taken into consideration ALL those claims of authority and moved on smartly with their lives.
The best way to maintain a healthy skepticism, and not devolve into an ignorant, sycophantic, violent mess, is to take things into consideration and question them rather than believe in them.
"The multitudes have
a tendency to accept whoever is master.
Their very mass weighs them down with apathy.
A mob easily adds up to obedience.
You have to stir them up, push them, treat the men rough
using the very advantage of their deliverance,
hurt their eyes with the truth,
throw light at them in terrible handfuls."
It is the power behind all nation states. It pulls the strings of presidents. It whispers dark secret nothings into the ears of queens. It tugs the coattails of emperors. Its poison-soft invisible rainbow-powers saturate all things.
You might as well just
give into it. You might as well just let them pull your strings
through the indirect authority of strategically placed men. It's
just the way things are, after all.
It's so easy even a sixth
grader understands it (see opening quote).
Statism is a mental disorder brought on by years of indoctrination.
I just don't have as many people who believe it."
Then again, so does Colin Kaepernick.
Keep in mind, the unicorn power is a righteous power. It's a loving power that had, and has, the greatest of intentions. It created the universe, after all.
And if you don't believe
it, then feel free to rot in Hades, Illinois, located
directly across the Mississippi River from St. Louis (according to
Uncyclopedia: the content-free encyclopedia).
So since we all know that
power tends to corrupt, and since we all want power anyway, it
behooves us all to be circumspect both with it and against it.
And the best way to use the power of authority is to use it against the authority by questioning that authority. It's a social leveling mechanism par excellence, similar to the Native American concept of counting coup.
As Elie Weisel said,
We just need to use that power more effectively, especially against ourselves. Unicorns forbid!
and the totally stupid
have too much in common
for the resemblance to be accidental."
Their powers are ubiquitous. Their symbols of control are hidden in all the world's national flags, waiving influentially over the weakened masses. Their horns are the invisible bone funnels in everyone's pie, siphoning power like it was blood pudding.
Oh, I forgot to mention, blood pudding is a unicorn's favorite dish.
Obey, or go without...!
Forget "for the worst." Fighting for the better at risk of the worst is far superior to shirking the better in fear of the worst. Similarly, worst case scenarios should not be avoided at the expense of healthy progress.
Healthy progress should be embraced at the risk of worst case scenarios.
Otherwise we don't get
anywhere but where we are. Which is great if "where we are" is
perfect. But since perfection is not possible, we must be willing to
risk upsetting the all-too-precious apple cart (or blood pudding
cart, in this case) in order to progress.
...then it is incumbent upon us to have the courage to shirk our inner mass-man in order to discover self-authority through self-questioning.
As long as we are
responsible with our own power, and as long as we don't allow anyone
to hold too much power over us, then we might just be able to get
out of our own way as a species.
As the authors of The Fuck-it Point (below video) surmised,