Is Disobeying A Higher Power?

1194 Words Oct 20th, 2015 5 Pages
For as long as history has been recorded the human species has been subject to authority. There has always been somebody for people to answer to. God, a king, or even an elected official. After an extensive history of obeying a higher power the concept has become part of our species culture.Rebellion is frowned upon by society and compliance is expected. When is it right to break the chain and disobey? According to Socrates it is never right to disobey authority, he says “Consider the logical consequence. If we leave this place without first persuading the state to let us go, are we or are we not doing an injury, and doing it in a quarter where it is least justifiable? Are we or are we not abiding by our just agreement?” In this situation Socrates is explaining to his friend Crito that if they break out of prison because he was wrongfully imprisoned, then he himself is doing wrong by disobeying the authority that put him in prison. I agree with Socrates, disobeying authority is wrong, but the final authority of any situation lies within oneself. Everyone has the right to choose what they do. The actions of a person belong to the one doing them and nobody else.
Obedience is an urge weaved inside the very fiber of our existence. Stanley Milgram writes about this in his essay “The Perils of Obedience” when he says “For many people, obedience is a deeply ingrained behavior tendency, indeed a potent impulse overriding training in ethics, sympathy, and moral conduct. (p499).”…
Open Document