Where Does Authority Come From?

The only justifiable reason for the application of force by an organization upon an individual is to prevent that individual from imposing force on others. This is the core of ethics, and any organization that does not draw on it as their basis for assuming authority should be disbanded.

Teresa at Jenkinson Lake

Teresa at Jenkinson Lake

Over the years, Teresa and I have lived in a number of places.  For one year, we rented a home in Pollock Pines, just up the road from Placerville in the heart of California’s historic mining region in the Sierra, not more then ten mile from where gold was first discovered at Sutter’s Mill.

About one mile from our home is Sly Park – a camping area – and in the heart of it is Jenkinson Lake, which is a good sized body of water surrounded by dense forest on all sides.

After having become familiar with the path that circumferenced the lake, we spent many happy hours exploring the deep woods off trail, in this case following a cascading stream through the lush green vegetation the grew up all along it.