Obedience Is A Component Of Social Behavior And Everyday Life

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According to Dictionary.com obedience is to comply “with an order, request or law or submission to another’s authority.” Obedience is a component in social behavior and everyday life. However, there are different forms of obedience such as blind obedience. This is where an individual follows direction without any question or moral perspective without knowing they are causing harm. Such form of obedience can be hostile and perilous to the people involved. This can be seen in the atrocious deaths of the Okinwa Residents, the brutal torturing at Abu Ghraib, and the dictatorship like power from the Milgrim and Zimbardo experiment. With such implications of obedience from the experiments and case studies, this paper depicts how human independency is often non-existent by obedience that people feel from a position of higher power. However, in order for individuals to retain their independency in a better-coming society, a balance must be created between obedience and defiance.
The article on the Okinawa Residents is based from the times of WWII. During this time the Japanese civilians were brainwashed into attempting suicide rather than allowing the American soldiers to capture them. The Japanese army convinced the civilians that the Americans would brutalize them. Clearly portraying how the obedience wiped out a portion of the Japanese in Okinawa. Only to find out the American soldiers had “offered something good to eat” (Kambayashi, Page 1) to a captured Japanese civilian named…

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