Authority of Others

It has been a while since I posted anything. However, before I post something about the politics of our world, here’s something philosophical to tickle your mind.

As C.S. Lewis puts in The Case for Christianity, “Believing things on authority only means believing them because you’ve been told them by someone you think trustworthy. Ninety-nine per cent of the things you believe are believed on authority.” How many of us have seen New York, Paris or Beijing? Yet we believe that they exist. I advocate that the pen is mightier than the sword, but the pen and the words that it conceive are formulated on the basis of logic and holds credibility.. To not believe on authority is to live everyday not knowing anything at all. “A man who jibbed at authority in other things as some people do in religion would have to be content to know nothing all his life” C.S. Lewis

The other side of the argument is to base all your beliefs on a single source, or a set of sources, each quoting from each other. To do so would be no less different from a cow following his cowherd to the slaughter house, believing that more grass is available there. I would urge a thinking mind, to compare different sources. To read more and diversely. To choose your first impressions wisely.

Lastly, I would like to share this following website a good friend recommended. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments.


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