Some would say I have an issue with authority. I would say it depends on how you define ‘issue’.
If you mean that I am not afraid to challenge opinions or question decisions of those deemed as experts or authority figures, then I would agree.
I recently saw my doctor who has known me for years. For some reason I had never told her that I am a vegetarian. When it came up in conversation, she immediately wrote up a requisition for blood tests and held it out to me. I looked at it, then looked at her. “No thank you,” I commented flatly.
This would shock some. “But your doctor told you to get those tests. It’s for your own good. What’s your problem?”
My philosophy is that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I feel fine. I don’t need tests. And besides, I hate needles. I may be wrong and it may be to my detriment, but I gave myself the privilege of choice and determined that I didn’t have to do something just because my doctor told me to. It was a suggestion, not an order.
I also no longer place public figures on a pedestal- if I ever did. Too many CNN scandals have jaded me. Nor do I trust clergy to accurately portray what a man of God should be. Only God in the flesh can do that.
The thing is, I don’t have an issue with my issue. As long as I decline advice respectfully, and express my counter-points intelligently, I am perfectly happy making up my own mind and taking on the consequences. I would rather do that than blindly follow just because ‘Simon says’.
“This elegant Briga purse was handmade in Milan. Exquisite work- look at the detail. It’s simply gorgeous.”
She nods politely.
He picks up on her body language.
“We also have- over here, this way now- a one of a kind Fylon Varoon from Paris.” Feigns whisper, “Lady Ferdina gets all her exclusives made for her by Varoon.” Straightens up. “Look at the craftsmanship and stylish contours. Oh, I just love it!”
He studies her face. She doesn’t give away anything- not that she is of less than modest means, or that she is mocking him behind those stealthy eyes. He has no idea that she is undercover, making note of all that is made in China.
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