When something is illegitimate, it is the result of the wrong decision or decisions made.
Authority by definition rubs most of society the wrong way
‘The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.’
When a client or boss take on the airs of authority, they immediately misplace trust and decency. They rely on dread as the motivation to do the right thing.
1. Authority is a fleeting concept
Everything is a matter of interpretation
2. Authority can be overruled at any given moment if the circumstances influence a change of decision
It’s always discretionary based on how good the arguments are
3. Authority can be one vote away from extinction
When laws are rewritten, authority loses its sting
TRUE AUTHORITY PRODUCES OUTCOMES WITHOUT ENFORCEMENT
Human constructs of authority is shallow at best, dangerous at worst
True authority is as ancient as time. It’s the struggle we all must find as individuals to influence outcomes without enforcement.
Parents think they have authority until the child grows up. Parents can no longer make demands and expect the same results.
Teachers think they have authority
Bosses think they have authority
Clients think they have authority
ALL THEY HAVE IS TEMPORARY ADHERENCE UNTIL SUCH A TIME WHERE INDIVIDUALS AND SOCIETIES RESIST ILLEGITIMATE AUTHORITY
If individuals and the masses are served by those who lead, the notion of authority (The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.’) is not needed.
If a culture of wholesomeness is developed within a society, be it a family unit or workplace, individuals will often forfeit their self serving appetite to add to the whole.
Their is an ancient story of the prodigal son who squanders his inheritance while his father was still alive. The father didn’t use his authority to disown the son for his reckless decisions. The father used his authority of love to restore his son back to his rightful place at the table.
Rarely will rules of law and harsh penalties bring restoration in the name of authority.
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