The Truth of an idea can be substantiated independently of the authority figure who introduces it to us.
I know that 2 + 2 = 4 because my elementary school teacher taught it to me, but it doesn’t mean that the truth of arithmetic somehow depends on the credibility of Mrs. Smith. If Mrs. Smith were to change her mind about the basics of addition, I would continue to believe what she originally taught me unless I were presented evidence to the contrary.
My faith in the proposition “2 + 2 = 4” is not rooted in Mrs. Smith. It’s rooted in an understanding of mathematical principles whose veracity can be ascertained by my own contemplation and experimentation.
Here’s today’s two cents:
Truth is its own authority.
When someone is sure of the truth they speak, they don’t need to buttress their claims with statements like “Well, you’re irrational if you don’t believe this” or “God told me to tell you this” or “you’re not a patriot if you refuse to think this way” or “I’m the teacher and you’re not.”
The truth speaks for itself. If it’s true, it will resonate with you. If it doesn’t resonate with you, then it doesn’t matter who said it anyway.
If someone tells you, “I’m a scientist, or I’m a priest, or I’m a politician, or I’m a celebrity”, or whatever it is that makes them think they are authorized to define your reality for you, then feel at liberty to assert the following:
I’m a free-agent and, as such, I choose to consult my own experience before reciting your creed. I’m a critical thinker and, as such, I choose to conduct my own experiments before dismissing as irrational those concepts that don’t suit your paradigm.
Anyone who won’t let you get away with those two simple statements should be regarded with suspicion.
Never trust an entity that won’t grant you permission to investigate reality for yourself, always trust your ability to figure out what is best for you, and run as far away as you can from anybody who tries to convince you that you can’t be trusted with your own life.
You’re not perfect, but neither is the person who points that fact out to you.
You’re capable of making mistakes, but that’s exactly what you might be doing when you let someone else do your thinking for you!
You don’t know everything, but you do know what’s right for you!
At least that’s the way I see it.
What about you?