Obedience And Its Effect On Society

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Growing up as the youngest child of three, my parents always gave me much leeway. They never really disciplined me in ways my friend’s parents have disciplined my friend. They taught me right from wrong through a reward system. If I obeyed, they rewarded me in the form of toys. If I disobeyed, they scolded me. After many cycles of repetition, many children, including myself, realize that we are expected to be obedient in society. Not only is it a learned trait, but it also an inherent trait in certain circumstances. As I grew up, I learned that obedience helps us fit into society. Obedience convinces people to feel as if they are a part of an institution larger than themselves. This larger institution protects them from harm. Even though obedience has been helpful in numerous situations for many people, too much obedience has more drawbacks than benefits. An abundance of obedience can lend itself to becoming blind obedience, thus, stopping humans from thinking for themselves and just blindly obeying any order. Historically, blind obedience has been the root of numerous atrocities and serves as a reminder that obedience can lead to humanity’s downfall. Themes of obedience are studied in many articles and experiments. Two prominent examples, Stanley Milgram, a social psychologist, and Erich Fromm, a psychoanalyst, both wrote about their beliefs as to why humans are so prone to obey. The nature of human obedience derives its potency from consistent habituating, protection, and
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