"Question Authority," the ubiquitous bumper sticker in late seventies suggested to question every
existing authority which could be parents, employers or as big as the government. In my opinion,
this aberration is still relevant and practicable today, despite the wide agreement that authority;
refers to the government institutions in this essay; have an obvious intent on fostering society's
well-being, residents' continued watchdog mentality contributes to enhance conditions of their
social surroundings. In other words, peoples supporting good ideas of authorities and rejecting
or helping to amend unfruitful agendas are conducive to ideal society.
First, government authorities are bigger in scale and often complex in composition compared to
individual or community. Besides their own intricacy,they have to focus on larger areas. This
might prohibit the institutions from focusing on small problems of any particular area, which could
be huge for the residents but nominal for authority compared to big problems in other areas.
They might divert the resources into considerably higher important area. Such indifference on
small problems might transform it into chronic and incurable. As it is known, "Prevention is better
than cure," people should question authorities before a small ameliorable problem turn into
unceasing or needs more money to contain. For example, Japanese government officials agreed
that, Fukushima nuclear disaster caused by the devastating tsunami was because of Japanese
peoples' reluctance in questioning authority.
Second, while authorities are often elected through the majority of votes, the susceptibility of
favoring their supporters' neighborhoods or their voting blocks and paying little or no attention
to the rival or opponents areas cannot be negated. Such partialities attribute to unequal
dissemination of services, physical infrastructure, or natural resources. Local residents'
delegation or media coverage helps to avoid such circumstances. We learn some issues only
after questioning authority.Informations sometime designated as "classified" by authorities
come out after harrying government . This helps to keep government honest and stop unethical
practice, if not at least lessens.
Opponents of this idea argue that questioning the authority might jeopardize sensitive issues like
religious harmony, foster sedition and create chaos and unrest.Such sentiments are undeniable
but great social changes have always come only after questioning the authority. Whether it is
Dr Martin Luther King; Mahatma Gandhi; or Libyan people, their collective questioning conduced
to the great social change. Dr. king helped to get the African American and cauccassian same right,
Gandhi brought independence in India through nonviolent resistance,and Libyan people
ousted the tyrannical Gaddaffi government.
Thus, to conclude, "it is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority," as suggested
by Benjamin Franklin but keeping it peaceful, modest and inoffensive because "too often we... enjoy
the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought," as stated by John F Kennedy, must be
our utmost attention.