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Stanford Prison Experiment: The Influence Of Words In Religious Teachings

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The 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment was one of the greatest modern spectacles of human psychology. In a mock prison, 24 male students were chosen to randomly play the role of either a prisoner or a guard. However, unaware that this was an experiment, when told by moderators to commit fully to their roles and that the “prisoners” were indeed truly horrible convicts, it did not take long for the fake guards to go to abusive extremities such as psychologically torturing their innocent peers. Called off after six days, the experiment showed the true power and influence behind words and commands. Throughout time, humans have utilized the impact of words to share key values amongst others in their society; the ancient Hebrews did so through their religious stories. Specifically, ancient Hebrew scribes targeted values and traits which could shape great leaders for them. Even though their stories sometimes differed in plot and orientation, trends among these heroes still showed that being devoted to God was the most desirable and important trait for a Hebrew leader. While these leaders all showed clear…show more content…
As told through their folktales, myths, and religious texts, the characteristic of devotion was a constant trend among their fabled heroes. Moreover, this trait directly resulted in power being granted to the heroes who showed it, which - combined with the aspect of devotion itself - correlated to good fortune being bestowed upon the ancient Hebrews. However, this devotion extends beyond the boundaries of just a thousand year-old people. In today’s society, devotion - as opposed to simply being directed towards God or religious deities - in a broader sense towards one’s community, family, and peers (e.g. stewardship and citizenship) is arguably the most valued trait amongst the greatest of leaders. Perhaps it is not all that surprising that Judaism has truly survived the formidible test of
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