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I think the key word here is "endeavor." Facing opposition, it is important to consider one's own stance and to be able to construct the arguments in support of that position. To declare, and then to support that declaration with "because I said so," is indeed authoritarian. Presenting irrational thinkers with rational arguments may not result in victory, but it does help me to be sure I have begun to think through an issue. Relying on authority to win a battle only works until someone with greater authority imposes his/her will on me and wins that next battle; winning the war requires that the hearts and minds accept the wisdom of the argument.