Virtue of the Week: Obedience

The ultimate aim of government is not to rule, or restrain, by fear, nor to exact obedience, but contrariwise, to free every man from fear, that he may live in all possible security; in other words, to strengthen his natural right to exist and work without injury to himself or others.

No, the object of government is not to change men from rational beings into beasts or puppets, but to enable them to develop their minds and bodies in security, and to employ their reason unshackled; neither showing hatred, anger, or deceit, nor watched with the eyes of jealousy and injustice. In fact, the true aim of government is liberty.Benedict de Spinoza

The Obedience Test:

Mr Bean – Obedience test for Teddy

Forms of human obedience include:

  • obedience to laws
  • obedience to social norms
  • obedience to a monarch, government, organization, religion, or church
  • obedience to God
  • obedience to self-imposed constraints, such as a vow of chastity
  • obedience of a spouse or child to a husband/wife or parent respectively
  • obedience to management in the workplace
The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.Banksy