FFT: We don't heed authority
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

We don't heed authority.

I am making a sweeping statement. I have little to no ways to know if it's true, but I can at least be decently certain that my generation is rebellious. Or maybe it's just me.

I think it has something to do with the issue of trust. I don't trust authority, I don't trust adults to make the right decisions, at least not all the time. It reminds me of a quote I heard on White Collar.

"Trust, but verify."

Apparently it's a quote used by the Soviet Union; which I rather agree to. Trust without verification is simply faith, and faith is stupid.

Coming from an Asian family, we hold a lot of respect for our parents. I'm not discounting the other races and cultures, but the Chinese culture is particularly strict on this. Filial piety is definitely one of the most important values in our culture. Technically, we should never disobey them*, even if it's going against our wishes, we should always believe that it's for our own good.
*in comparison, I feel that indian families are stricter than the chinese

I don't remember the last time I obeyed something blindly. It's not to say that I simply refuse to do what my parents tell me to, but that I only act if I deem it to be right and beneficial for me. Yeah, it's rather narcissistic, but I'm not going to do something just because someone tells me to. I have to know the reason behind it.

One funny thing about Chinese family is that if your (grand) parents tells you to eat something, you eat it. No matter if you're hungry or not. I don't follow that. Pickiness is certainly not a desirable value, but I don't think you should be forced to eat something you don't like if you can help it.

Think about it, when was the last time you blindly heed authority?
For example,
"Go clean the toilet"
"Because I'm your father and I'm telling you to do it."

"Because I'm your teacher."
"Because I'm the police."
"Because I'm your boss."

We don't listen to someone anymore just because someone has a higher level of authority. (unless our lives/jobs are on the line) Which is a good thing if I must choose.

The great part is that more and more people are developing critical thinking, being able to decide what's best for themselves. The shitty part is that not everyone knows what's best for themselves. Which is why I see the rampant birth of obnoxious kids who think they know everything.

Without a doubt, I am one of those obnoxious kids.

Life gets easier when you accept yourself for who you are, and that life is no fairy tale. Unfortunately this is also why I fear going into Nation Service. Follow your orders, no questions asked. I wonder how long I would be able to survive.

I wish I had the money to continue my current life forever, until I somehow devise a plan to conquer Earth. Man, I hope I don't turn into some evil scientist in the future.

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