Butler Shaffer (in 2003)

The problems we experience at the hands of the institutions to which we subject ourselves do not derive from the malevolence or ambitions of power of those purporting to be ‘authorities’ over us. Rather, they are the consequences of our acknowledging them to have such authority! Most of our problems originate within our own minds, and we are generally too frightened of the specters we might discover therein to want to search out the root cause of our difficulties. It is so much easier for us to think of ourselves as victims of the state, than as having suffered the consequences of our own thinking.