The Aeneid From Book IV : The Passion Of The King

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“A leader is the man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don't want to do, and like it.” Harry Truman’s words illustrate the importance of obedience to leaders. Members of the military are told what to do everyday; some of those soldiers disagree with their orders Does that mean they abandon the mission and possibly risk lives? No, they put aside their values and do what they are told. Soldiers past and present discard values to follow orders because they are taught to obey their superiors commands,and to disobey an order means the chain of command may collapse. Serviceman receive orders against their values but obey the orders due to their training. A prime example of following obligations over values is found in the Aeneid from Book IV: The Passion of the Queen. Aeneas, a military man, is married to Dido, the queen of Carthage. As a child Aeneas was taught to be faithful to the Gods. The Gods of the Aeneid made a path for Aeneas to follow but Aeneas had a choice. He could either stay with his wife or follow the path the Gods made for him. Aeneas, being taught to be faithful and listen to the Gods, obeys to his superiors commands. He tells Dido,” I sail for Italy not of my own free will”(IV.499). He also says that he is,”duty bound.” Meaning he will do whatever it takes to complete his duty the Gods have given him. Aeneas put aside his love and desire to be with his wife to listen to an obligation the Gods gave him. Another example is the United
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