Obedience to Authority Essay

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Authority cannot exist without obedience. Society is built on this small, but important concept. Without authority and its required obedience, there would only be anarchy and chaos. But how much is too much, or too little? There is a fine line between following blindly and irrational refusal to obey those in a meaningful position of authority. Obedience to authority is a real and powerful force that should be understood and respected in order to handle each situation in the best possible manner. To best understand how much pressure and stress can be caused by someone with authority, allow me to recount a personal experience. Sweating, I stood at attention in front of the flight Captain and my training instructor Staff Sergeant Garr. I …show more content…
I said I would gladly take the test to get an accurate reading, but his response was that I was not being truthful about my experience. I assured him I was not fabricating the story. He decided to investigate further, so he took me into the flight Captains office, the place where I would feel the extensive and powerful force of obedience. I was made to stand at attention, a brand new Airman Basic, the lowest possible rank in the Air Force, in front of my Captain. The Captain asked if I had done the X-Factor, I replied I had not. To my surprise, the Captain picked up the phone and called the MEP station in Minneapolis and got my doctor on the line. The doctor quickly assured the Captain that he had been thorough in administering the test in question. The Captain said to me “Trainee Neubauer, the paperwork and the doctor both agree that you took this test. You can admit you were lying about not taking it, or you can continue denying it and I will place a letter in your personnel file stating your refusal and deception, which will follow you throughout your career. I highly recommend you admit to taking the test.”
This is the moment I found myself under extreme stress and pressured by obedience to authority to acquiesce. In my mind, I could not understand how this had become such a large issue. All I knew was I had never taken the test, but I also knew I was in the military now and in no position to question or deny a superior