Authority, Opinions and Truth
- Dinesh Bhattarai
- (Created on July 26, 2019)
- 356 words
- 2 min
One of the great commandments of science is, “Mistrust arguments from authority.” Too many such arguments have proved too painfully wrong. Authorities must prove their contentions like everybody else. -- Carl Sagan
Experts are more likely to be right than non-experts but they can be wrong, they can also believe in bullshit. They can make a personal assessment or express an opinion. Not everything a scientist speaks in scientific statements. Not everything they speak should not be taken at face value. Most of the time, they don't talk in their domain, express their opinions, make mistakes or are not as knowledgeable as they think(Not claiming myself to be more knowledgeable). This has been proven most of the time by history.
Then why should I take the words of writers, literateurs and others who have read a few books and create some stories to express their opinions and call it the truth? I think that is grave dishonesty. Self help, Life advice books, scams, religius gurus, etc are some of the examples.
You might know how to bend your words, create appealing stories, know the methods of communication, but what about the veracity of your work? I have a disdain for people who create fantasy and then start claiming them as the facts of reality. Self-help gurus, life-advice firms, and other people who claim that they have got one true advice, one true formula and so on and then come up with a testimonial, with a story of struggle to support their claim. There is no difference between their claim and fantasy. Any truth requires some undeniable proofs, not some stories, testimonials, and some charisma or a survivorship from a victimhood. Charisma is a mask that hides your authenticity, honesty and vulnerability. You become a glitter. I have no problem with fantasy and story writers as long as they are honest.
Reject authority, search for authenticity, honesty and clearity. Identify the claims and search for the proofs, facts and reasons behind them.
- I had a little discussion about religion, belief and authority.