Who Says We Need to Respect the New President?

Matthew 15:14, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

From an early age, we are all taught to respect authority. It begins with our parents and teachers when we are children. We hear “Don’t talk back to me” and “Do what I say” and “Because I said so.” These words we hear instill in us to respect authority without question. As we grow older, we are sometimes all too eager to go along with someone who is merely clothed as an authority or has an authoritative manner, title or reputation.

“The phrase the blind leading the blind is used to describe a situation where a person who knows nothing is getting advice and help from another person who knows almost nothing.” — The Cambridge Dictionary

People all around us will want to give advice. On social media, there are people that will speak with so much authority that we may feel as if we’re receiving advice from the mouth of God. Everyone knows some blind, incompetent people who love to lead others who are also incapable. In fact, there is an abundance of precarious advice right here on Medium.

Illustration by Kate Greenaway for Robert Browning’s “The Pied Piper of Hamelin”

Just because someone speaks with authority, does not mean anything. Never blindly accept anyone’s advice.

There are times when it’s definitely wise to question authority — especially if our wellbeing is at stake. And the time to do this is when we get a gut feeling that something just doesn’t feel right. Accepting authority may be wise, but blindly trusting authority can be terribly detrimental.

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Writer and copyeditor. “What doesn’t kill us gives us something new to write about” ~ J. Wright