I loathe authority

by punkofnice 52 Replies latest jw experiences

  • nykid

    A distrust of authority I've always felt is healthy and should be encouraged.

  • rebel8

    I had a lot of difficulty with authority after I exited. I do know part of that has to do with the cult.

  • Syme

    It's not bad to loathe authority. It's human nature, I think. In fact, in an ideal society, no one would impose authority to anyone, so yes, it is a perfectly healthy sign to detest authority. Escpecially authority of the strong upon the weak, or the minority upon the majority.

  • Mum

    The only people who need "authority," IMHO, are out-of-control people, mostly teenagers. Office holders and emergency personnel alike are there to look out for the best interests of the people, not to be arrogant and heavy handed.

    When I was growing up, I lived with my grandparents until I was 11. They were not authoritarian, and I came to understand that their "rules" were put in place to protect me from harm, not to let me know who's boss. Then I had to go live with my sperm donor and egg donor, who were just the opposite. I still have issues about them.

    I am now my own authority, and I usually know what is appropriate and inappropriate without consulting anyone. If I do consult anyone, it won't be someone with "authority."

  • Hortensia

    It's a good thing to challenge authority. Make them explain their decisions, disobey if it's important to do so. I don't know whether I feel this way because I'm a child of the 60s, or because of being raised JW, or because I think it's a sane, rational way to live.

    I remember pissing off a boyfriend who didn't like my asking "why" to every command he issued. I'm just not going to do things because I'm told to do them. I need a reason and it has to be a damn good reason and I have to agree.

  • sparrowdown

    I accept that to enjoy relative freedoms within a democracy we need authorities.

    But I hate it when people abuse their relative authority.

    Sometimes it's the ones with the least authority that can be the worst abusers of it.

    There's no tyranny like petty tyranny.

  • Apognophos

    The funny thing about many people's attitudes towards authority figures is what happens when they either become one or make friends with one.

  • humbled


    What are you talking about?

    Behavior of a friend in authority may only tell us about that individual.

    Becoming a person in authority may simply show us the slippery slope that can come with having authority.

    What do you mean?

  • smiddy

    I used to say that authourity was a necessary evil and I think that still holds true today .


  • Crazyguy

    I agree and have been a rebel since early childhood always bucking the system.

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