[MUD-Dev] authority and human nature

Matthew Mihaly diablo at best.com
Wed Nov 24 13:54:06 New Zealand Daylight Time 1999


On Tue, 23 Nov 1999, Koster, Raph wrote:

> It's human nature to distrust authority. It's extra-obvious to distrust
> authority that has godlike powers over your life. If said authority is in a
> uniform and has no fixed name and is (worst of all) just an email address
> out there in the beyond, the worst will be assumed about them.

Sorry to get off the point, but this isn't true. It is not human nature to
distrust authority. Quite the opposite actually, historically speaking.
Inherent distrust of authority is a very modern western view. In most
cultures, including the west for most of history, trusting authority was
the norm.
--matt





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