We humans are pretty clever.
We are always trying to sneak our way around things.
Some shortcuts are cool.
If you can find a legitimately quicker way of doing something, that requires LESS effort and gets the SAME result, that’s a good way to make a lot of money.
Some shortcuts are different.
Some are dangerous, like when you’re driving across the country and try a shortcut and end up in Children of the Corn.
Then you’re chased around by little demon kids with knives.
That can suck.
Another way that shortcuts can suck is we convince ourselves we are getting the SAME result, but we really aren’t.
A lot of the “authority” we see in society is like this.
Everybody LOVES the idea of “having authority,” but few people like the idea of “getting” authority.
Authority is one of the laws of influence.
If somebody in authority says something, we tend to believe it without question.
And people LOVE the idea of being able to tell people what to do WITHOUT them questioning them.
So we come with plenty of convoluted ways to “get” authority, but it’s really only “pretend” authority.
When something SERIOUS happens, those “authority” figures don’t turn out to be helpful.
And they only want their “authority” so long as they are getting paid.
But humans will always crave real authority.
Most of the “authority” figures in today’s society is like sugar.
If all you ate were bowls of sugar, you might believe you were eating regular food.
It tastes good, it gives you energy, but in the long run, it will kill you.
After a while your body is STARVED for real nutrients. Protein, fat, vitamins.
Just like people in today’s society are STARVED for REAL authority.
Not the kind that is authority for it’s own sake.
Or the authority that needs a gun to back it up.
But REAL authority.
When you can speak with REAL authority, people will follow you.
That’s up to you.
You can get people to follow you anywhere, so long as you are willing to lead.
In most cases, if ALL you did was LEAD your own life, people would follow.