Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:07 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Whats your source?

Do you remember the first time you saw a bumper sticker that said, Question Authority!? I do. It was on the bumper of a car owned by a young college student neighbor of ours. She had pink hair and a pierced nose. She also had a 4.0 average. My first thought was Hey! Lets show some respect for authority!

Like parental authority, the authority entrusted to law enforcement agencies, maybe even religious authority. But in the end I decided that questioning authority can suggest something entirely different. It might also imply that if you dont question authority, dont look for whether truth emanates from that authoritarian voice, you will, in the long run, find something altogether different from what you were expecting.

The mainstream media sets itself up as an authority of sorts. Isnt that true? Buried within their sometimes subtle editorializing you find statements thrown out to you as fact. But is what they say true or opinion in the guise of truth? Do you simply accept that voice of authority and never look further? Do you care enough to find out or are you a little bit lazy and not willing to spend the time it might take to determine if what youre being told is actually truth?

So often, if you question that voice of authority, track down the genuine facts of the matter, you will find that that voice gave you half truths, no truth or its own version of truth. But truth has no alternate versions. Truth is truth.

Dont believe what someone with that kind of manufactured authority tells you. That kind of authority relies on your laziness and fares best when it keeps you ignorant. So, the next time you see one of those bumper stickers, if they are even around anymore, you might slap one on your bumper and Question Authority. It will be worth the effort and, perhaps, more life changing than you can imagine.

Roni Overway