What constitutes “personal authority”?
Stated most simply, it means to find what is true for oneself and to live it in the world.
If it is not lived, it is not real for us, and we abide in what Sartre called “bad faith,” the theologian calls “sin,” the therapist calls “neurosis,” and the existential philosopher calls “inauthentic being.”
Respectful of the rights and perspectives of others, personal authority is neither narcissistic nor imperialistic.
It is a humble acknowledgement of what wishes to come to being through us.
~ James Hollis