Authoritarianism has brought untold suffering to humanity. Suppose you hold what you consider to be valuable, intending to share with others. Those with whom you share, exude doubt, asking questions like, “Who is the authority of that information?” Right in front of you, would be a dimwit, assuming he was created without the mind, with which to think and evaluate.
The most terrible mistake in this life is to criticize or blindly approve something, on the basis of someone’s background. The pertinent point ought to be whether the information concurs with one’s own opinion, or not. Anyone who accepts or rejects knowledge without evaluation demonstrates a lack of wisdom.
All information needs personal evaluation, before adoption. Of course, there are specialists, needing consideration, in every sphere of information. But those specialists are not infallible. Whatever they say ought to be independently evaluated, objectively. When one authenticates those specialists, that should not imply labeling them as authorities.
When a person concludes that some piece of information is valuable, he would be comparing it to something else. Without comparing that piece of information to something similar, it is impossible to judge. One cannot just conclude blindly. How valuable is the data, towards livingness?