Respecting Authority

Artwork for Wise Counsel for Troubled Times

Rebellious; selfish; litigious: each an apt description of modern society. Gone are the days, or so it seems, of teachable spirits, humility, and respect for authority. We now live in the brackish backwaters of a philosophy made popular by 1960s Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary: “question authority.” In time, this doctrine of disobedience seeped into the more sophisticated proclamation: “I have my rights!”