shugyo

on authority and wisdom

Authority is given.

Wisdom is chosen.

There is something unsubstantial, yet very real about giving someone else authority over one’s self.

It is rare that authority is given and yet much more rare to those with wisdom. The visible wisdom of those one chooses as authority is only equal to the knowledge that one has attained while the hidden failure of those one chooses as authority is only equal ignorance that one contains.