“Most people do not really want others to have freedom of speech, they just want others to be given the freedom to say want they want to hear.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Daily Nugget of Gold 1139
We Have it on Good Authority
It comes to us on good authority that on of the greatest obstacles for success is being closed-minded. We’ve seen a lot of evidence to that effect, and we’ve observed that over and over again- that being closed-minded can often hamper or derail entirely a person’s chances at succeeding. What do you think, is that true?
Before you answer, let’s also point out some other things that at one point were considered to be absolutely true from sources of “good authority”. This is only a partial list, of course, but you’ll get the point. The world is flat; there’s no way a man can run a four minute mile; there isn’t anything smaller than an atom; and Blacks must give up their seats on a bus for a white person. Naturally, all of these things are false, but “authority” doesn’t like being questioned, does it?
Take that last example, Blacks must give up their seats on a bus for a white person. Was it true? Before you say no, consider the power vested in “authority”. A Black person might get arrested, they might go to jail. Often they were beaten in the process of that. Even Rosa Parks was arrested. That doesn’t make it right, but also it doesn’t mean “authority” isn’t sometimes right, either. Sometimes the general consensus is correct, true?
Some folks say, “question authority” but we want to understand that in doing so, sometimes there are immediate negative consequences. Sometimes we need to face those consequences for the greater good or for our own benefit in the end. Sometimes it’s best to keep the questioning within the confines of our own mind for a bit. Rosa Parks was able to question authority because she had political capital that many Blacks of her day didn’t possess. She was well-liked in the well-to-do White community. That made prosecuting her very uncomfortable for them. She’s not the only who had rebelled, but the changes she brought to society didn’t start that day on the bus.
Some scientists of their day had to hide their research from the church. Why? Because the church was certain the earth was the center of the universe. But why hide your work? The church had a way of torturing and killing those who disagreed with their authority in that day.
Getting back to what we said in the beginning, because “we” have it (“it” being whatever we are talking about at the moment) on good authority, should you believe it? Where does “authority” come from, anyways? Who is it that gives authority the power to punish those who disagree with it? Who gives authority the right to define what is true or not?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What are the things that go into creating a “truth” in my mind?”
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