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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 9 months ago

What's does it mean to question authority?

For example "you are acting in a way that questions both parents authority and their rules about what is right and acceptable" what does that statement mean?

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  • RP
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Whether parents, friends, co-workers or others, when we question authority, in effect, we are saying, "who are you to be giving me requirements, telling me what to do, etc."

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  • 9 months ago

    "authority" refers to those who you should obey because they are seen to have knowledge and capability which makes their decisions more important than your own thoughts or decisions on the same thing. Well, at some point, we all figure out that most authority is not deserved, and those we have granted authority are not even close to perfect and are thus often wrong, and perhaps I myself am in a better situation to decide, instead of them.

    The sentence means that you have always believed that parents are always right (because that is how human children develop), but are finally starting to realize that they are NOT always right. If they are not always right, how can I be sure that they are right about this specific thing, or not? You question whether what they say is actually right or not.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    It means that you're a whiny little asshole.

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  • 9 months ago

    It means what it says. There are "rules" agreed on in a civilized society- you don't physically harm people, or bully them, or act in a way that distracts other students. If you do those things, your parents will be called.

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