December 10, 2012
Obedience has been around since the beginning of time. It all started with how obedient Abraham was to God. According to the Holy Bible, God had commanded Abraham to kill his beloved son Isaac, and so Abraham had to betray one of them. Abraham ended up killing his only son because his obedience to God overruled everything. There are signs of obedience all around us and in some cases it is taken to extremes. Even places like the playground contain obedience. Kids love to boss other kids around but everyone knows that it is just harmless fun. When it comes to adults, obedience can be more extreme. According to the article “The Dangers of Obedience”, “In our society, for example, parents, shop stewards, headmasters and managers are invested with varying degrees of authority. But the relationship between authority figures and their subordinates is almost bound to lead to moral conflict.” Obedience is everywhere, especially in schools, homes, and the workplace. First of all, Obedience is shown a lot in schools. According to simplypsychology.org, “Obedience is a form of social influence where an individual acts in response to a direct order from another individual, who is usually an authority figure. It is assumed that without such an order the person would not have acted in this way.” Students are required to listen to their teachers and are expected to follow the rules. If the students rebel or act out, they are then punished. Teachers give out tests and homework and students are expected to complete them and if the students fail to do so, they are penalized with bad grades. Students are also required to complete certain courses in school in order to move on to the next class, for example, math: you must complete basic math to move on to geometry and so forth. The same goes for other courses like Science, Social Studies,...