I have read many books that have informed us to question authority. Rather than passively accept dogma and brainwashing, we are to seek our own truth. Rather than blindly accept the opinions of political, religious, scientific or other authorities, we ought to stand on our feet and create our own opinions.
A record number of people are doing that now. Students can tell their teachers that the school textbooks are outdated, patients can tell their doctors what medicine they wish to be prescribed and amateur stock traders can dispense with the advice of seasoned brokers by using online trading platforms.
Knowledge and self confidence can be a good servant but a bad master. Witness the rise of spoiled brats in countries as diverse as USA, China and Singapore as children learn to question their parents, teachers and governments. Witness the scandals of unauthorized toxic food additives when people question morality and taboos.
The time has come for us to look into the mirror and question the greatest authority of all – ourselves.
- Is it true?
- Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
- How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
- Who would you be without the thought?
Through this lies the empathy, wisdom and courage to face the brave new world.