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What does the expressions mean in this following text?

 
 
Reply Thu 1 Dec, 2016 03:53 am
i'm reading a book about how society can affect men's behavior, but i met a confusing sentence. Here is the paragraph:
"People are commonly raised to believe that they are worthless to begin with, that they should sacrifice themselves for their peers, and that the only way to regain their natural self-worth is by working hard and serving society. Males are unquestionably raised to believe that earning achievements is necessary to prove their value. Thus, males with status regain informal permission to think and act important, with formal authority and external recognition to back them up for as long as they still serve"
Can you explain the meaning of " formal authority" and " back them up for as long as they still serve"? Thank!
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Reply Thu 5 Jan, 2017 04:34 am
@thegioibian93,
This paragraph explains how and why men think and act important. Formal authority here means laws, policies, and social positions that entitle men to think and act important. "back them up for as long as they still serve" basically means men will have aforementioned official entitlement long as they still hold their social position. For instance, we believe it is normal and proper for Barack Obama to think and act important as long as he is the president right? However, when he stepped down the president position, he can still think and act important, but he is not the president anymore, so he loses the "formal authority". You get that?
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