Obedience, By Stanley Milgram

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Obedience is practiced everyday throughout everyone 's life. It has been engraved in everyone growing up. Students are taught at an early age to obey the higher authority’s commands in school, at home, and in public whether it is the teacher, principal, police officer, and even other parents. Additionally, parents too have to practice obedience. They must be follow orders from their bosses, and they must obey the laws. As a result, obedience becomes second nature, which exposes everyone to problems. The problems are unknown to everyone because being obedience appears to be the correct thing to do, so one obeys without thinking or gives in to the authority figure.
Obedience to authority puts one’s counterparts at risk. Obedience makes people blind to what they are truly doing allowing them to do evil things when instructed by an figure of authority. Stanley Milgram says, “For many people obedience is a deeply ingrained behavior tendency, I indeed a potent impulse overriding training in ethics, empathy, and moral conduct.” (217). In other words, people who are obedient to authority sometimes go against their own ethics, emotions, and moral conduct. This rejection of ethics puts other at risk. This idea was tested and proven in the Milgram experiment, which involved two volunteers serving as a teacher and a student. The teacher was required to read word pairs to the student, while the student needed to remember the word pair. The penalty for not remembering the pair was a

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