Authority is a person/group/belief that claims to be over others thoughts actions for control. Authority says IT knows better then the others for what ever that reason might be....It needs followers, or inforces it.
For me power defines authority, and Nietzsche would agree with that. If you have more power, then you can force others to do what you want, if they donīt do, they are arrested, or punished somehow. If you had more power than the state, would you need to follow its laws ? Or you would make your own laws ? History show us that authority depends on power, the king did not follow the pope because it was the right thing to do, or it was the will of God... it was because the pope had more power than the king. Do you think criminals will still be criminals if they had too much power ? No, they will be the law, and you will be the criminal. Christians were like criminals in Rome before they acquired power. Not that christians are criminals, but criminal is a relative concept.
People are so much hypocrite when they state their opinions about right, and wrong... they believe something is right with no doubt, but that same thing is only justified because not agreeing with that would mean punishment for you... it is the law of the jungle, for example, people are quick to condem piracy, but relatively to many other legally accepted injustices of capitalism, it is a minor problem. People like to associate right, and wrong to the laws of the society, and if you ask them many will deny, but when something happen, everyone quickly judges you for your actions, but when someone kills in mass(for example), and have the "authority" to do that he will never be judged since it is legal. I personally thought of Iraq, when I said kills in mass... if I was powerful enough to start a personnal attack on Iraq killing everyone on Iraq including inocents, which is a consequence of any war. I would probably be arrested, and considered a terrorist, or criminal. But if I am the president, and officially declare war, nope... I will not be arrested for killing people.
Thats is authority... you want to do something, and you do it... if you donīt have authority you suffer the consequences of your actions, if you have you donīt suffer the consequences, and if you have authority you have the power to justify our own actions using some ramdom justification, just pick one : Godīs will, divine right, laws, majority of opinion, etc. Iīnot saying that those justifications are wrong, but they are not more right than my own opinions.
IMPORTANT : Its is like God, metaphysics... those things that "do not have pratical application", if you have authority, you can force people to follow a ramdom metaphysical concept of your choice, or else they are punished. Believe me... you will not feel so free to talk about God being irreal, or about bibleīs contradictions in the time were it was against law, it would be like commiting a crime.
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Its interesting to think what could happen in this capitalist world where corporations have more, and more power every time. One day, they will be powerful enough so they donīt need to follow the state laws, and create their own, like in some type of feudalism, and that already happens at some level.
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To a point I agree with you. However, I think you are making a bit of an assumption about how power is defined.
I don't believe that power equates to the amount of control one has over others. Rather..I think the concept of "power" is more accurately defined by the control one has over themselves.
If something exists that can control an individual on a physical, emotional, or spiritual level..then the authority that they have is indeed very limited, and is only relative to those who choose to subject themselves to it.
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No, I agree. People usually want power over the others, thats why political leaders are usually considered powerful people, but personally I donīt think it is true power. This power is obtained by imposing your will over the others to force others to do something, pretty like animals do when they dispute a single piece of meat. True power, the only one that worth something is acquired through knowing, and understanding things, not by being capable of forcing them over the others.
Hmm. To me Authority is a type of power over something could be anything.
Like say a cop. I respect his/her Authority. His power. His position. But I would treat this person who has this Authority, the individual, with the same respect he is giving me. I believe as humans we should treat eachother with mutual/ equal respect.
Never fear the individual but his authority. Don't be scared. Respect his Authority. Treat the individual as good as you want to be treated. Thats power.
Sure the individual comes with the Authority but only the intelligent know how and when to distinguish Authority from the individual.
Like say if your out eating with a C.E.O of a Fortune 500 company one weekend evening. It would be a mistake to treat him as an Authority during dinner. Cause thats not what he is at that point. What he is, is just a person talking about the NY Yankees with you with over a beer and a steak. He's a person you are being mutually respectful with. You guys should equally and effortlessly respect each other, Why? Because he's not presenting himself as a CEO, but as a regular person. So treat him like one. Now when his Authority comes into play, then you will still recognize him as that person you went to dinner with but you should now respect the Authority he holds.
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Authority is the power to make others do what one wants. the more people being controlled/influenced and the more capable the person is of controlling/influencing the person/s the more authority the person has.
Well all authority comes from God (if your religious)
However my definition of Authority would be is someone were to adhere to another due to respect of that one person. Fear plays a role, but mostly of respect. But here's to get technical.
a. The power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge.
b. One that is invested with this power, especially a government or body of government officials: land titles issued by the civil authority.
2).Power assigned to another; authorization: Deputies were given authority to make arrests.
3).A public agency or corporation with administrative powers in a specified field: a city transit authority.
a. An accepted source of expert information or advice: a noted authority on birds; a reference book often cited as an authority.
b. A quotation or citation from such a source: biblical authorities for a moral argument.
5).Justification; grounds: On what authority do you make such a claim?
A conclusive statement or decision that may be taken as a guide or precedent.
6).Power to influence or persuade resulting from knowledge or experience: political observers who acquire authority with age.
7).Confidence derived from experience or practice; firm self-assurance: played the sonata with authority
I'd like to point out that the definition always seems to state that the authority is given by a higher command. Considering that (all things have beginnings) that the chain of command would end with a "be all end all" supreme being with ALL the authority...
To me, authority is the idea of having the "power" to change ways of living and such by altering what is and isn't "Ok" or "legal" etc.
As WD and I'm sure many others have said, impartiality is key. You must be able to stop what's wrong or harmful, change what's impractical or non-functional, create a working machine for lack of a better term. Or if not create, maintain fairly without exception in the idea of what it's creator wants. Where as some people get carried away with power.
authority is a controlling/commanding/instructing/teaching/leading/whatever power that i think is gained through simple recognition from others. being that if a party does not recieve credibility it has no authority.