The loss of “inner identity” has been spoken of enough in this blog and in many other books and web pages. But, there are two particular aspects of this topic that we should ponder on: a loss of a “true inner authority” and the fear towards every kind of authority and its representatives.
This tendency is all but rare, and we may say that almost every human being is subjected to this behaviour. Indeed, it may be noticed in every aspect of life: in the family circle, at work, in politics, in religion… and this denotes a singular condition of non-development of our being/essence.
Those who are involved in an inner work similar to which is followed on this blog page, know that we use the term “being” as a noun, and not a verb. For those who do not know the meaning of this term, apart from suggesting to them to read posts which could explain this term, we’ll ask them to imagine, for a moment, to consider the being (or essence) the real man or real woman – an individual. Such a being, in order to fulfill its experience in matter, needs an intellect and a physical body.
In a very small child these two means are not well-developed, but once they develop, he is pulled by the impulses of his essence/being to experience the world surrounding him in a direct way. And, this is the way the essence learns: in the first person – it “puts its nose” into everything, a behaviour that is well visible in children. So, the essence learns only through direct experience. Better said, it feeds itself from sensations and experimentation. The essence (being) “eats” impressions. What the child comes in touch with, impresses him, and his sensitivity grows in proportion to his possibilities of experimentation. The memory which permits him to associate the remembering of the various experiences allows the development of new, and gradually more complex concepts which will be validated with new concrete experiences. This is the development of the being, and denying the child the possibility to experience it directly, means to stop his development.
And, as seen in previous posts, the content which we won’t review at this time, this is what happens in our society: once the child begins to be indoctrinated through the usual schools, family’s and society’s education, the being stops its development, because this education denies the possibility of direct experimentation. Indeed, as has been said many times, education gives directives on what is good and what is bad, what is the worst to be known (and how), and what is not… a series of “do this.. don’t do that”. These vetoes become moral taboos, almost never followed by explanations, and is based on conditionings that are common to the age and society in which the child grows.
After this summary, we can enter in depth, the topic of this post. Indeed, the constant fear of authority in general, is related deeply with what is explained above. Firstly, every individual is induced, from an early age, to mechanically follow directives given by adults. During the first years of life, the directives given by the parents have not necessarily negative valences, because the child has to be directed in a clear way in order to be preserved from dangerous and harmful experiences.
Afterwards, the being stops to grow because of the impossibility to experience its life in a free way. This makes the unconscious field of every man and woman to remain substantially “childish”, thus, it is subjected to react passively to every form of authority. The intellectual center has mechanized the habit to accept every form of authority passively, and the emotional field reacts “instinctively” to the possibility of being “scolded” or punished. This situation determines the state of discomfort and fear that can be commonly noticed in every person when he gets in contact with any form of authority.
Of course, a true authority might not be determined by a social role or a position of supremacy towards others: this is not considered in terms of self-development a form of authority, but of violence towards others. A politician, a policeman, a teacher, or a priest, are not objectively authoritative only because of the role they have in this society. The same thing could be said for a famous character: indeed, the world is full of famous idiots, and this is well noticeable even through a superficial look at events in the world today.
A true authority is an inner fact: one who is really authoritative, nevermind which role he covers, possesses a nobility and a capacity for deep respect towards those that are subjected to him. The abuse of power, so common in today’s society, derives from the reason that many social positions are covered by people who do not possess such an inner authority, but only an egoic identification with the role he represents- a role achieved for – God only knows what reason.
Speaking on a grand scale, scientists, politicians, men and women of culture etc… should be represented by mature individuals who are aware of the fact that they are at the service of others, and not the opposite. These roles imply devotion and sacrifice, and not lucre and personal profit.