Authors, Authenticity and Authority

These words all share a common root, which implies an “enlarger, founder, master, leader,” literally “one who causes to grow,” agent noun from auctus, pp. of augere “to increase”.

Being an author indicates that you are fundamentally creative.

Authenticity is about being “original, genuine, principal” from authentes “one acting on one’s own authority,” from autos “self” + hentes “doer, being.”  It’s all about creating yourself, in a sense.

We’re told, as children, to respect authority, to trust in it and to obey it.  Well those are all misplaced, when the authority, the “enlarger, founder, master, leader”, acts in destructive or deceptive ways.  When they are no longer genuine they are no longer authentic.

So I claim that if the authorities are not creative and genuine, but are instead destructive and deceptive, the deal is off.  They have relinquished the title by their acts.  You are not obliged to respect, trust and obey such people.

I love playing with words 🙂

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About tropicaltheartist

You can find out more about me here: There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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