Authority is one of the 12 Virtues that form the core of Ingenium. It is one of the virtues that belongs to the Autonomy Quadrant. It is the second Virtue taught because after building confidence with adequacy, in order to achieve success in life one must have the ability to choose their own path, what success is, and have the autonomy to move toward that end. Authority is a means of dealing with submission, or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person. This entails taking command of one’s life, their decisions, and overcoming both subtle and not so subtle attempts by others to control or manipulate us, or sabotage our efforts. Authority attempts to handle external sources that try to exert undue influence over us, while Temperance (the next Virtue) manages the internal factors of self-control.
The Key to Authority is called “Seize Authority”, which combines both Authority and Temperance into one. It is about teaching that each individual is the ultimate authority of their own life, and breaking out of the mindset or habit of being controlled by other people or by social conditioning.
The Litany affirmation for Authority is the same as for Temperance:
I am the Master of my life and my destiny. My life and my decisions are ultimately mine to command. No other person can claim higher authority over my life than me. I have the right to make my own decisions, and I accept responsibility for those decisions, good and bad. My life is mine to control.
The abbreviated Litany is “I am the authority in my thoughts and decisions.”