Obedience To Authority
Obedience has appeared since the born of the civilization. Even in the primitive human society there was authority, in the face of the tribal ruler, who people obey to. With the development of the civilization situation became even more complicated. There appeared plenty of factors and institutions that we are obedient to during our life.
Obedience has always played a significant role in person’s life from an early age until death. Nowadays our obedience to authority begins from an infant age. The first authoritarian body that appears in person’s life is that of the family. Until maturity a person has to obey and follow the rules set by the head of the family, usually the father plays that role. He decides what is good or bad for the child, he judges child’s acts, and if necessary proceed to a punishment. Later on, in this period of life a person becomes dependent on another authoritarian body – the school. As an institution it has settled traditions and rules that have to be followed or a severe punishments follow. After all these years of obedience, then as a grown up a person escapes from the dependence of the family and school once and for all. And here it comes the paradox; now as a citizen of a certain country a person becomes obedient to its laws and obedient to the authority of his employer. And this person must obey these laws or imprisonment or severe fines endanger him. On the other hand he must obey his employer in order to keep his job. There are certain situations that employers ask their employees to do illegal acts and those employees obey in order not be left without salary. There is obedience in every aspect of human life. The only way to be less obedient is to judge every situation and make reasonable and alternative choices.
The phenomenon of obedience to authority has been bothering scientists for many years. During the development of the psychology plenty of experiments have been held. For example in...