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Do you have inherent trust for authority?

Poll ended at Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:59 pm

Always
0
No votes
Usually
8
42%
Sometimes, really depends on specifics
5
26%
Rarely
6
32%
Never
0
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Total votes : 19

Authority

Unread postby FUDU » Wed Sep 23, 2009 6:59 pm

This board seems to get into some good back n forth about authority.

By authority I am not just referring to law enforcement, as that often dominates the authority discussions in here. I am talking law enforcement, management (in the workplace) and many of the other times and places in life where a person/group of authority seems to be in place.

Discussion welcomed I was just curious how a poll would end up.
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Re: Authority

Unread postby jfiling » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:05 pm

First! Great poll, and I look forward to the discussion.
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Re: Authority

Unread postby Erie Warrior » Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:43 pm

When it comes to police, almost always. Even when they are dicks. I've been on the wrong end of that stick a few times, and I've learned my lesson.

Other authority, not so much. I get very condescending and pretentious when I "know" what I'm asked to do is inefficient or lacks sound judgement. I'll usually ask my superiors to justify their decisions, which is never a good thing. But I've got a degree, 2 professional licenses and a sparkling observation history, so I bet I can find another job if push comes to shove.

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Re: Authority

Unread postby peeker643 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:21 pm

Doesn't 'inherent' imply it's always there? Like a 'yes' or 'no' answer without levels?

I agree with EW: With law enforcement, yes, it's there until it is lost by an individual/organization. With other positions of authority like teachers, managers, etc, no, that trust and level of respect needs to be earned.
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Re: Authority

Unread postby Orenthal » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:24 pm

I'm sure my vote was the same as EW and Peek, and my reasons and rationale are the same... Usually...
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Re: Authority

Unread postby FUDU » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:28 pm

Inherent means belonging to the essential nature of a thing, not necessarily always (yes or no). IOW do you have a natural trust in authority. I feel it is possible to quantify it by degrees.
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Re: Authority

Unread postby aoxo1 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:42 pm



Trust and respect are different. I have an inherent distrust of authority, but that doesn't mean I don't respect authority that is legitimate.
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Unread postby Cerebral_DownTime » Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:00 pm

I voted for option 2 for police and judges. 90% of politicians I have no respect for.
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Re: Authority

Unread postby FUDU » Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:28 pm

Agreed aoxo, and I think the vast majority of people confuse trust and respect for authority. You can completely distrust authority but still respect it.

I also think there are a lot of people that feel authority it an inherent concept to begin with. IOW that the concept of authority just naturally exists b/c of the nature of authority. Authority only exists b/c we grant it, we allow authority to exist by our choice to agree upon a social contract that is supposed to be aided by and thrive with the help of authority.
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Re: Authority

Unread postby municipalmutt » Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:02 pm

I have a theory that if you say "says who" enough times, you'll end up in jail. I've only ever tested this theory once. It worked.

Edit: As far as trusting authority. For me it's always been a matter of accepting the authority. When I do do concede authority to someone/something, I usually respect/trust it. There are positions of authority that demand respect (police, boss, etc..) it is up to the individual holding these positions to to ensure trust is established. Trust is earned while I think respect is more of an upfront requirement.
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Re: Authority

Unread postby jfiling » Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:09 pm

municipalmutt wrote:I have a theory that if you say "says who" enough times, you'll end up in jail. I've only ever tested this theory once. It worked.

Do you mind sharing if you were convicted of anything?
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Re: Authority

Unread postby municipalmutt » Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:23 pm

jfiling wrote:
municipalmutt wrote:I have a theory that if you say "says who" enough times, you'll end up in jail. I've only ever tested this theory once. It worked.

Do you mind sharing if you were convicted of anything?


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Re: Authority

Unread postby FUDU » Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:42 pm

municipalmutt wrote:I have a theory that if you say "says who" enough times, you'll end up in jail. I've only ever tested this theory once. It worked.

Edit: As far as trusting authority. For me it's always been a matter of accepting the authority. When I do do concede authority to someone/something, I usually respect/trust it. There are positions of authority that demand respect (police, boss, etc..) it is up to the individual holding these positions to to ensure trust is established. Trust is earned while I think respect is more of an upfront requirement.

I think trust and respect both should be earned.

Respect should come into play with authority in so much that you respect that the entity has been given authority, but at least IMO that respect MUST be earned and the entity that has the authority should acknowledge that.

I agree about saying "says who" enough times, however IMO that comes back to bite you in the ass b/c it looks like a sign of disrespect more than a sign of distrust.
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Re: Authority

Unread postby peeker643 » Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:29 pm

FUDU wrote:
municipalmutt wrote:I have a theory that if you say "says who" enough times, you'll end up in jail. I've only ever tested this theory once. It worked.

Edit: As far as trusting authority. For me it's always been a matter of accepting the authority. When I do do concede authority to someone/something, I usually respect/trust it. There are positions of authority that demand respect (police, boss, etc..) it is up to the individual holding these positions to to ensure trust is established. Trust is earned while I think respect is more of an upfront requirement.

I think trust and respect both should be earned.

Respect should come into play with authority in so much that you respect that the entity has been given authority, but at least IMO that respect MUST be earned and the entity that has the authority should acknowledge that.

I agree about saying "says who" enough times, however IMO that comes back to bite you in the ass b/c it looks like a sign of disrespect more than a sign of distrust.



When you were a young FUDU what did your mom and dad teach you about the police? Did you learn early on that they they were 'the good guys' and that they were there for your benefit and to protect people or did mom and dad tell you they were an authoritarian branch of law enforcement who had to earn your trust and respect and who weren't to be trusted until that time?

Me? When I was a little Peeker643 ma and pa 643 told me the police were the good guys and there for my benefit to protect and keep us safe. It wasn't til I was older that I figured out there were always a few who tarnished the badge. Still that way today for the most part.

I consider that inherent since it was taught from before I can remember and is an essential part of what makes me me.

Of course, YMMV. We all have experiences that shape our opinions as we get older.
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Re: Authority

Unread postby FUDU » Thu Sep 24, 2009 9:00 pm

Peeker643 wrote:
FUDU wrote:
municipalmutt wrote:I have a theory that if you say "says who" enough times, you'll end up in jail. I've only ever tested this theory once. It worked.

Edit: As far as trusting authority. For me it's always been a matter of accepting the authority. When I do do concede authority to someone/something, I usually respect/trust it. There are positions of authority that demand respect (police, boss, etc..) it is up to the individual holding these positions to to ensure trust is established. Trust is earned while I think respect is more of an upfront requirement.

I think trust and respect both should be earned.

Respect should come into play with authority in so much that you respect that the entity has been given authority, but at least IMO that respect MUST be earned and the entity that has the authority should acknowledge that.

I agree about saying "says who" enough times, however IMO that comes back to bite you in the ass b/c it looks like a sign of disrespect more than a sign of distrust.



When you were a young FUDU what did your mom and dad teach you about the police? Did you learn early on that they they were 'the good guys' and that they were there for your benefit and to protect people or did mom and dad tell you they were an authoritarian branch of law enforcement who had to earn your trust and respect and who weren't to be trusted until that time?

Me? When I was a little Peeker643 ma and pa 643 told me the police were the good guys and there for my benefit to protect and keep us safe. It wasn't til I was older that I figured out there were always a few who tarnished the badge. Still that way today for the most part.

I consider that inherent since it was taught from before I can remember and is an essential part of what makes me me.

Of course, YMMV. We all have experiences that shape our opinions as we get older.

I get what you are saying, but I look at it like I do a lot of things that our parents teach us as kids that we truly need to decide for ourselves as we mature (IE religion).

I was told/taught that the police were good and there to protect us, for the most part I find that true as I stand here as an adult. However my level of distrust, (which BTW I voted rarely), is based upon how authority always expands, never contracts, and most of the time it is to the benefit of the entity in authority. IOW there is always some kind of agenda that has little to do with benefiting those not in authority.

As authority expands the liberty of those that must answer to authority contracts.

I respect authority, just have little trust in it.
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