I am curious to hear people's opinions on authority - it's a subject I've been bouncing around in my head for a while. As an Enneagram 6, I've long had a contentious relationship with authority. But now, having been in several authoritative roles, my perspective has become immensely more complex.
So authority - we encounter it every day: at work with our supervisors, at school with our professors, at home with our parents, in society with our law enforcement, in politics with our lawmakers, on TypoC with our mods and admins. Perhaps we ourselves are authorities, and have to deal with the opposite side of the coin. Our relationships with authority have a major impact on how we perceive hierarchies and how we live out our lives.
Some questions for thought - answer all or none.
Feel free to respond however you wish.
1. How do you instinctively respond to the word "authority"?
2. Where does authority come from?
3. How is authority destroyed or taken away?
4. Do you always respect authority?
5. If you disagree with authority, how do you deal with it?
6. Are earned and bestowed authority inherently different? Should they be treated differently?
7. Are you an authority in any role? How do you wish others to treat you?
8. What is your usual relationship to authority?
9. How does that relationship impact your life as a whole?