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Tue Sep 23, 2014, 10:49 PM

7. I think it's fear-based, and starts in childhood.

 

This is a vast generalization, but kids of authoritarian
parents never learn to think for themselves. From a
young age they are taught to obey, not to explore.

They are taught to trust authority figures, but not
their own feelings.

They are taught that if they disobey, they will be
punished, and they will suffer. Nobody wants that.

Now they're all grown up, and don't know what to
do, what to think, whom to believe.. and it is too
darn scary to figure it out for themselves.

So they gravitate to what is most familiar: someone
or something to obey.
Authoritarians. People who tell them what to believe,
what to think, and so on. Politics, religion, you name
it.

And at home with the kids, they mimic those same
authorities. They pretend to know the stuff they have
been told. They teach their kids to be like them, and
to obey. Authorities know best.

It is all pretense, based on fear.

A lot of those authorities were/are nasty cruel people.
I knew a bunch when I was a kid and they left bad
scars in my psyche.

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