The moment we hear the word authority, we feel afraid. We associate authority with a figure who will lay down rules and regulations, laws, and consequences for not abiding by them.

If the authority figure is not well-versed with the area of governance, the control can be detrimental.

Parents, teachers, heads, the government, the management, and experts are some of the authority figures who try to exert influence and control over young minds and their decision making.

Can we look at authority differently? If we look at the word authority as derived from the word author, it begins to stand for mastery over the subject. When an author steps in, there is no control, only sharing. What do authors do? They observe, feel, and share what already exists in the community or society or world, even if it is imaginative.