"Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points." ~D.T. Suzuki

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Arrogance of Authority

or "See this badge?!"
The Arrogance
of Authority

Any acceptance of authority
is the very denial of truth.

No Man Has Any Natural Authority Over His Fellow Men
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
A DEA officer stopped at a ranch in Texas,
and talked with an old rancher.

He told the rancher,
"I need to inspect your ranch
for illegally grown drugs."

The rancher said,
"Okay, but don't go in that field over there.....",
as he pointed out a distant location.
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence:
he is just using his memory.
Leonardo da Vinci
The DEA officer verbally exploded, saying, "Mister,
I have the authority of
the Federal Government with me!"

Reaching into his rear pants pocket, he removed his badge
and proudly
displayed it to the rancher.

"See this badge?!

This badge means
I am allowed to go
wherever I wish....
on ANY land!!

No questions asked
or answers given!!

Have I made myself clear......
do you understand???"
Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of the truth.
Albert Einstein
The rancher nodded politely, apologized,
and went about his chores.
I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led,
and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
Thomas Jefferson
A short time later,

the old rancher heard loud screams,

looked up

and saw the DEA officer running for his life,

being chased by the rancher's enormous

Santa Gertrudis bull......
The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.
Kenneth Blanchard
With every step

the bull was gaining ground on the officer,

and it seemed likely that the officer
would be gruesomely gored
before he reached safety.

The man was clearly terrified.
My desire to devolve authority has nothing to do with a wish to shirk responsibility.
Dalai Lama
The rancher threw down his tools,
ran to the fence
and yelled at the top of his lungs.....
Ultimate authority resides with the people.
James Madison
"Your badge........

show him your BADGE!!"
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Leonardo da Vinci
It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
Benjamin Franklin
"The trouble with quotes from the internet is you never know if they are genuine."
Mahatma Gandhi
© 2013 MU-Peter Shimon

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