I think "permit" is more passive, while "authorize" is more active.
The policeman in my jaywalking example "permitted" people to jaywalk, but they didn't "authorize" it. "Permit" has an air of "look the other way" to it.
For me, it comes down to this… The instant I admit that I was wrong that the R&A not only "permitted" clubs to have such a Local Rule but outright "authorized" it, I will in that same instance lose a good chunk of respect for the R&A for having authorized such a Local Rule in violation of the Rules and Principles.
Why am I having so much trouble accepting that they authorized it as a valid Local Rule?
- It's difficult to believe that they would authorize such a Local Rule because it's so clearly in violation of the Rules and Principles.
- We've only seen one email, only one sentence of which even addresses this topic specifically, which uses the word "permissible." We don't have any other details. There doesn't appear to be much - if any - supporting evidence online.
A part of me is glad the person said "permissible" because I feel like I'm still holding out and hoping the R&A didn't actually authorize this Local Rule.
Originally Posted by Rulesman
There are allegations being posted here with no hard facts to substantiate them. Plenty of 'I think', 'It is my opinion' but no more. It is not upto me to get proof of innocence from the R&A but up to those who believe they are guilty of a cover up to provide the hard evidence or proof.
I feel that you have that backwards. We're asking for evidence that they authorized this Local Rule. I won't speak for others, but when I say that perhaps they "looked the other way," I'm trying to give them the benefit of the doubt - I'm holding out and hoping that they were not so incredibly stupid as to actually authorize the Relief from Divot Holes Local Rule.
But again, no, it's not "up to" you to do provide anything. I don't think anyone has said it is. But it's not up to us to do anything, either, except to be rational and curious, and to make the best opinions we can.
You're taking offense to things which are not intended to be offensive, or said offensively.