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Essays thread (random subjects)
« on: December 09, 2012, 01:11:13 am »
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Re: Essays thread (random subjects)
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2012, 01:11:37 am »
A question of authority

Society seems to flaunt an alarming negative sentiment toward authority figures and institutions, primarily in the area of law enforcement. You could call it human nature, but I see it more as a social problem potentially caused by such influences as the media. The younger generation is brought up with the belief that resisting authority is the norm and socially acceptable, often even encouraged.

I acknowledge that history has shown us the possibilities of authority brutality with select incidents including Kent State University (Ohio, 1970) and Rodney King (though I personally disagree with the convictions), but at the same time we see incidents showing clear provocation of authority from civilians as seen in May Day riots of the late 80’s and early 90’s in Germany. Police must always fight force with force, especially in cases where they find themselves outnumbered by civilians. A brutal display of force will often discourage others from attempting to fight. One of the real problems faced by law enforcement is the question of justification for the use of both lethal and non-lethal force. With the “evolved” American social practice of initiating lawsuits on a whim, persons of authority must continuously be cautious.

There has always existed a tier system separating social classes. Though the true appearance of the tiered society of the past is now veiled with the progression of the race, it is still present in many aspects of modern life. As a significant portion of an industrial nation’s population is part of the workforce, the separation exists in the form of management. In a large corporation with several levels of management, those at the top hold exorbitant power over the lower tiers. Though this style of authority does differ from that of a law enforcement officer, it is derived from the same naturalistic need to create a tiered society. This is not to be understood as a criticism, but moreso an illustration of the importance of a class system and its required implementation to maintain order.

There has been extremely drastic changes to society’s acceptance of certain common tiered systems over the past 50 years. There seems to be an increasing need to stretch the borders of free speech and to empower civilians with certain control over traditional authority figures. The younger generation no longer fears authority, and attempts to disrupt the functionality of tiered systems by failing to recognize them. These types of behavioral flaws has led to riots, violent demonstrations, illegal acts and various incarnations of barbaric anarchy. It is this younger generation which does not respect the authority of law enforcement and attempts to provoke it, all the while hiding behind the blanket of protection offered by said authority. This leads me to believe that widespread hypocrisy and ignorance have caused modern youth to attempt to jump on the bandwagon of past eras.

The anonymity provided by the Internet is allowing this disregard of authority to prevail. The Internet has been viewed as a lawless entity until recently, as for the most part it was not widely understood by traditional authority and as such was not policed at the same extent found in the real world. Despite these changes, the creation of new Internet technologies is allowing for new methods of spreading the hypocrisy of authority rebellion. Individuals who do not possess the real physical and mental abilities to rise against authority are able to do so online, and coax large numbers of the younger generation into following suit.

The question of authority remains, as a tiered system of society is a modern requirement and cannot possibly be abolished. The answer lies more in education of the populous and re-establishing the borders of authority. Major concerns include the level of authority in the top echelon of established organizations and the possible abuse of such authority, but governed correctly this control of power must exist and must do so effectively to maintain the tiers. Anarchy is never a viable solution, and those who proclaim its appeal are generally most guilty of the hypocrisy and ignorance found in modern society.

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