My first full-time boss was the stupidest man alive.
When I changed jobs the next year, my new boss took the title from him. He was even more ridiculous and infuriating. He was a moron with no judgment. My third boss was stupid in different ways. He made me bristle at his asinine decisions. Why was someone like this giving me orders?
It wasn’t until the next boss — my fourth — that it finally dawned on me. Maybe they weren’t the problem, at least not entirely. Maybe I just have a problem with authority.
August Landmesser had a problem with the Nazi Party. His refusal to salute Adolph Hitler in 1936 — when the entire crowd around him was doing so — is now considered a popular example of resistance to authority.