Obedience in Society Growing up, children are taught to obey authority figures such as parents and teachers. As you grow older, adults are expected to obey the rules and regulations of the workplace enforced by their employer; and citizens are expected to abide by the laws imposed by the government. Usually the act of obedience becomes habit, because people do not want to face the consequences that would be due to happen otherwise. One question however, what happens when an individual’s better judgment goes against those rules and regulations that they are expected to follow? Is the individual supposed to ignore their moral code and abide by whatever their superior expects them to do? Well, Martin Luther King Jr. is a man who did not believe in the segregated structure of the United States’ society in the 1960’s. However, instead of ignoring his judgment he decided to act out against segregation, and made a difference in many people’s lives to this day. Another example. What happens when obedience to harsh laws and regulations are harmful towards society, and people only abide out of fear? A great example of this is the Holocaust. This is an instance in history where disobedience towards authority could have saved thousands of lives. Throughout history, it has been proven that disobedience can be more beneficial for the common good as opposed to obedience to strict laws and regulations imposed by authority figures. Martin Luther King Jr. was famous for his “I have a dream” speech. This speech entailed a world where segregation and racism did not exist. During the 1960’s this was a long shot. One of the most famous lines of King’s speech was “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood” (King). During this time, King’s dream was practically unheard of and that is all it was…a dream. It was a hopeless thought that many people
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