It has been demonstrated that fear hinders free initiative. Beyond any doubt, the bad financial situation of millions of people is due to that which is called fear.
A fearful child seeks his dear mother and becomes attached to her in his search for security. A fearful husband becomes attached to his wife and feels that he loves her even more. A frightened wife feels attached to her husband and her children, and thinks that she loves them much more.
The government has authority. The state has authority. The police, the law, soldiers, parents, teachers, religious leaders, etc., have authority.
There are two types of authority:
First: subconscious authority.
Second: cognizant authority.
Given that teachers of schools, colleges, and universities grant too much importance to discipline, we will therefore study discipline in detail in this chapter.
All of us who have gone through school, college, or university know very well about discipline, rules, ferules, scolding, etc.
Discipline is called “the cultivation of resistance.” Schoolteachers delight in “cultivating resistance.”
What to Think, How to Think
Our parents at home and teachers at school always tell us what we must think, but never in life do they teach us how to think.
To know what to think is relatively very easy. Our parents, teachers, tutors, authors, etc.—each one in his own manner—is a dictator. Each one of them wants us to think about their dictations, demands, theories, prejudices, etc.
Dictators of the mind are as widespread as weeds. There is everywhere a perverse tendency to enslave the mind of the neighbor, to bottle up it, to force it to live within determined norms, prejudices, etc.