In the absence of authority, slaves either become free or they look for authority
If you have ever watched a disaster unfold, what do 99% of people do? They don't know how to cope, or they have been injured by weather, or they have been injured by their lack of ability or supplies, and....(wait for it), they sit around, “until the authorities arrive with food, water, utilities, and health assistance.”
They even say, “Sit tight until help comes. Wait for emergency personnel to rescue you.” The idea is benign but assumes a lack of knowledge, learning, wisdom, and thinking. You might indeed have injured yourselves so deeply that you can't extricate yourselves.
Now, authority is not a dirty word. We need authority because we are not freemen and freewomen. Even if we were, most of us prefer to be followers, not leaders. A leader is a person who has natural ability, or has been elected to lead, or has charisma and is chosen by the will of the people, or has power and assumes leadership.
Authority can be a good thing. It organizes. It deploys resources and people to problems to be solved. Authority figures may be benign and want the community to improve.
Healthy forms of authority promote learning to allow people to not only do their tasks more efficiently, but also to gain wisdom from learning from those mentors and emulating them. It might even, when at its best, create people who think of their own ideas. It's why a school can be either merely a place to create automatons, or it creates wise people, or it can create critical thinkers.
If you think about it, the only way to create a new leader is to create schools. Otherwise one brutal dictator is supplanted by another brutal dictator.
Many authority figures today have become slaves themselves. They like the power. It become a hunger in them.
To get that power, they sacrifice their principles to get money to get elected or share power from other authorities. Since that power comes from wealth (abundance of valuable supplies) then those other authorities really are the ones leading a country. It's become an oligarchy.
[Note: money is not wealth. Money is a representation of wealth.It can be currency or precious metals.]
By definition, an oligarchy is a form of government by a few who command over the People. That few may be nobility (feudalism or a monarchy), the military (often a dictatorship becoming a Fascist state), the wealthy (could be like nobility, but today with capitalism it's about corporate control by a handful of businesses.
[Note: the nobility were herditary people who had education and wealth(abundance of valuable supplies), property, and military power.]
This is the form of oligarchy that has assumed control today. Sometimes this is labeled the military-industrial complex, for it's the fusion of corporations who originally had money, sold assets right before the beginnings of the Great Depression, bought them back for pennies on the dollar, then invested money in providing armaments in WW2 to raise us out of the Great Depression, and then supplied these armaments to the military to exert control over the People. Now they sell the People junk to enslave them.
Since a leader who assumes authority by the actions of the People and the other authorities who make up the oligarchy, he really only has that authority “on loan”. Is he/she is not careful, they may become slaves due to their need for power.
Guess what this means? Power comes from the People. It's the original idea that people have natural rights, and that the People are the true sovereign. It's called Republicanism and for it to work, “the people MUST be independent of their civic duties and vilify corruption.”
[link to en.wikipedia.org
We are a far cry from Republicanism today. The idea though is a noble one. Please read that article. It is a belief that all rights are inherently given at birth.
"John Locke believed in three fundamental natural rights:
Life: everyone is entitled to live once they are created.
Liberty: everyone is entitled to do anything they want to so long as it doesn't conflict with the first right.
Estate: everyone is entitled to own all they create or gain through gift or trade so long as it doesn't conflict with the first two rights. "
[link to en.wikipedia.org
This means that no one has authority unless it's loaned to them.
Don't make me an authority figure. I'm glad to mentor you and help coax you to be free. Don't rely upon an authority figure, but be a leader of your own self and possibly of your tribe. That's ultimately based upon YOU and not me.Rescue yourself from the real disaster that's happening at this moment: your enslavement.If you do that, and start re-learning what is important, then you'll become free and freer.