Week 307 // Authority Figures

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Oh what’s the Bible say about
Watching the evening news
Thinking anti-social thoughts?

Oh and the Constitution says
I can say whatever I want
To anybody I please

So I’ve got strong opinions
About the things you do

Oh what’d your mother say about
Making a face like that?
It’ll stick, then what’ll you do?

Oh and the 10 Commandments say
That you can’t do anything right
And that God is a dirty word

So I’ve got strong opinions
About the things you do
And if you’ve got your own opinion
I really don’t care
I honestly don’t

What does your weapon do for you
When you often disagree
With the strangers that you meet?

And what does a bullet mean to you
When you hold it in your hand
With your knuckles turning white?

So I’ve got strong opinions
About the things you do
And if you’ve got your own opinion
I really don’t care
I honestly don’t

Notes
I have pondered lately that authority figures in our collective consciousness are often used for dual contradictory purposes, both somehow working toward the same end. In our discourse, a figure of authority is both that which we rail against to justify our own actions, and that which we revere in order to legitimize our prejudices. In either case, our gods, our government, our books, and our founding documents exist as containers for whatever feelings we’re having about our own power or lack thereof. External power either makes us feel bigger or smaller, but in both instances we can use it to avoid having to rationally engage notions of ownership over our own thoughts or deeds.

If that all seems like a reach, or perhaps lacks clarity amidst boiling pretense, I would refer you back to the song. It all makes more sense there.

~M.E.

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