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Two weeks ago, we discussed competition. Competition occurs when two or more parties "duke it out" to determine a winner. The flip side of this independent competition is authoritarian determinism.

Authority is the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. Sometimes we must submit to someone else’s authority: a boss or the police. Sometimes we are the authority: parents, teachers and coaches. We accept authority even though it encroaches on our freedom. We exercise authority when we have responsibility to maintain order.

Do we need authority? Why? When should we resist authority? How does authority interact with competition?

We will be in the circular room at the top of the stairs.