by Gary 'Z' McGee
'Z' McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned
philosopher, is the author of
'Birthday Suit of God'
Looking Glass Man.'
works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages
and his wide awake view
the modern world.
that told you to question
Sixth grade girl
Let's get something straight, here at the outset.
There's nothing wrong
with authority itself. It's the belief part that messes everything
up. Anyone can claim authority. But such authority only matters if
others believe in it.
I can claim that I'm an authority on unicorns, but I better have the
credentials to prove it. And it would also help if unicorns existed.
But the point is this:
If enough people
"believe" that I'm an authority on unicorns, and they "believe"
that I have dissected a unicorn and revealed the magical quality
of its insides that causes it to shit rainbows, then I'll not
only have violated truth, I'll have violated the minds of others
and taken advantage of their ignorance...
But, and here's the rub,
it's their fault for
not questioning my so-called 'authority'...
As Albert Einstein
said (himself an authority in the field of physics),
for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
So if we're correct to
question Einstein's revolutionary theories, then we're exponentially
correct to question my unicorn theories.
Respecting a prestigious authority, or taking into consideration
important knowledge gleaned by someone who is an authority in a
particular domain of knowledge is fine.
It's even okay that
sometimes we allow people to violate our minds.
We allow artists to do it
all the time.
No, it's when we "believe" in authority, when we
blindly follow a perceived authority, that things go wrong.
Belief implies non-questioning.
But let's sail right past semantics
and art and get down to brass tacks.
Blind belief in authority is
And it's doubly dangerous when the majority of people are
under its spell.
Here are five reasons
1.) It Can Cause
Otherwise Good People to do Evil Things
easier to fool people
than to convince
that they have
So back to my authority on unicorns.
Did you know that
unicorns also created the universe...?
Not only do they
shit rainbows, they also puke universes.
The last unicorn died for
our sins in a forest of fiery crosses.
And the only commandment that
survived the test of time is this:
"Anyone who questions
the fact that unicorns created the universe are godless heathens
and deserve to die and spend eternity in the fiery pits of a
Tennessee summer afternoon."
Now enter unquestioning
idiots with hooked-on-authority soup for brains.
Last Commandment of the Unicorns.
They believe it so
much that they refuse to question it, lest other believers think
they are not true believers.
Lest they get
ostracized by the status quo.
Lest they look
"crazy" in the eyes of their fellow believers.
Now just replace The
Last Commandment of the Unicorns with,
The problem is that,
people will fight, and kill, and murder, and commit both genocide
and ecocide, for what they believe in...
But they might not have
fought so violently and thoughtlessly had they simply taken into
consideration ALL those claims of authority and moved on smartly
with their lives.
The best way to maintain a
healthy skepticism, and
not devolve into an ignorant, sycophantic, violent mess, is to take
things into consideration and question them rather than believe in
2.) It Leads to the Idea That We Need to Give a Group of People
Permission to Control Us
have a tendency to accept whoever is master.
Their very mass
weighs them down with apathy.
A mob easily
adds up to obedience.
You have to stir
them up, push them,
treat the men
advantage of their deliverance,
hurt their eyes
with the truth,
throw light at
them in terrible handfuls."
By the way, the Church of the Last Unicorn is in charge of
It is the power behind all nation states.
It pulls the strings of
It whispers dark secret nothings into the ears of
It tugs the coattails of emperors.
Its poison-soft invisible
rainbow-powers saturate all things...
You might as well just
give into it.
You might as well
just let them pull your strings through the indirect authority
of strategically placed men.
It's just the way
things are, after all.
Or, you could question it all...
You could question
the almighty Unicorns.
You could question
the kings and queens and emperors and presidents and judges and
lawyers and cops.
You could question
all authority, especially the so called 'authority of the state'...
It's so easy even a sixth
grader understands it (see opening quote).
The alternative is devolving into a statist.
A statist is a person
who believes that a group of people have the right to force, coerce,
enslave, rob, and murder others.
Statism is a mental
disorder brought on by years of indoctrination.
The problem is that the
majority of the world's population has been conditioned and
brainwashed into believing in the almighty power of the state.
problem is that the majority of people are too afraid to question
the state, lest they become ostracized by the statist-junky status
The problem is that most
people don't even know that they don't know that there is
Given to Authority Tends to Corrupt
as much authority as the Pope.
I just don't
have as many people who believe it."
Here's a little secret:
The Pope has unicorn
Then again, so does
Keep in mind, the unicorn
power is a righteous power. It's a loving power that had, and has,
the greatest of intentions. It created the universe, after all.
And if you don't believe
it, then feel free to rot in Hades, Illinois, located directly
across the Mississippi River from St. Louis (according to
Uncyclopedia: the content-free encyclopedia).
But I digress, the problem with power isn't its intent. The problem
with power is that it tends to corrupt the one wielding it. And when
it comes to absolute power - well, we all know where that leads.
So since we all know that
power tends to corrupt, and since we all want power anyway, it
behooves us all to be circumspect both with it and against it.
So it stands to reason not to give power to authority by believing
it, but to use the power of authority instead by undermining it. And
the best way to use the power of authority is to use it against the
authority by questioning that authority.
It's a social leveling
mechanism par excellence, similar to the Native American concept of
possesses a power that does not lie within the answer."
We just need to use that
power more effectively, especially against ourselves.
4.) It Leads
to An Ignorant and Apathetic Citizenry
totally convinced and the totally stupid
have too much in
resemblance to be accidental."
In the Unicorns we trust...!
Their powers are
Their symbols of
control are hidden in all the world's national flags, waiving
influentially over the weakened masses.
Their horns are the
invisible bone funnels in everyone's pie, siphoning power like
it was blood pudding.
Oh, I forgot to
blood pudding is
a unicorn's favorite dish...
Obey, or go
When it comes down to it,
obedience to authority is a disease of laziness and indifference.
It hinders the
progressive evolution of our species by undermining anything that
might challenge the current system for the better.
Forget "for the
Fighting for the better
at risk of the worst is far superior to shirking the better in fear
of the worst.
worst case scenarios should not be avoided
at the expense of healthy progress.
Healthy progress should be
embraced at the risk of worst case scenarios.
Otherwise we don't get
anywhere but where we are.
Which is great if "where we are" is
But since perfection is
not possible, we must be willing to risk upsetting the
all-too-precious apple cart (or blood pudding cart, in this case) in
order to progress.
If, as Jose Ortega y Gasset
"Man, whether he
likes it or not, is a being forced by his nature to seek some
If he succeeds in finding it of himself then
he is a superior man; if not, he is a mass-man and must receive
it from his superiors."
Then it is incumbent
upon us to have the courage to shirk our inner mass-man in order to
discover self-authority through self-questioning.
As long as we are
responsible with our own power, and as long as we don't allow anyone
to hold too much power over us, then we might just be able to get
out of our own way as a species.
Because, as it stands now, we are definitely in our own way.
Especially since following authority in today's world means giving
debt-slavery, kowtowing to an expropriating state, and being
unwitting accomplices to genocides past and ecocides future...
As the authors of The
Fuck-it Point (below video) surmised,
authority is not a valid excuse.
Not when doing what we're
'supposed to do' means letting this civilization-machine
continue to kill life on earth just to make commodities out of
living beings and life easy only