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To Obey, To Disobey Essay

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The first article written by David Brooks was entitled “The Follower Problem”. The main idea is that regardless the real actions of the leaders; nowadays followers have lost the capability of respect and judge authority rationally. According to the author this is mainly due to a strong empowerment of the population. Every individual wants to be personally satisfied; in fact, we have become cynical, we have moved our focused from the wellbeing of the community as a whole to the pursuing of an egoistically individual welfare. The author gives an ironic yet curious solution to the followers’ problem, emulating the Internet. Defined by the author as: “a disbursed semi-anarchic in which ...view middle of the document...

These three articles share the same line of thought: we should think critically towards every order that is given to us by authorities without being worried of the consequences of disobeying. The precautionary steps to maintain a social wellbeing are to decide whether it is appropriate to obey or disobey orders. We should not uncritically refuse every form of authority that will make us bad followers; furthermore, we should disobey “unjust” leaders in order to elevate the ones who can ensure a better existent for every individual. Lastly we should abandon our inborn predisposition to obey any given order.
According to Fromm: “If a man can only obey and not disobey, he is a slave; if he can only disobey and not obey, he is a rebel (not a revolutionary); he acts out of anger, disappointment, resentment, yet not in the name of a conviction or a principle” (685) these quote fully explain the importance of avoiding to be neither absolutely obedient, nor to be completely disobedient. A man that can only obey will eventually lose his freedom as well as his ability to distinct what is “just” from what is “unjust”; on the other hand, a man that only disobeys will be bleared by his emotions; therefore, his actions will cause nothing but disorders among people which might result in riots, or in extreme circumstances, also civil war. By showing these two extremes it is obvious that men must toggle from obeying to disobeying, to justly do so they must rely on their ability to process a command critically by questioning any possible aftermath that it will have on society, for instance one might ask: “is obeying to this command going to make people better off without making anyone worse off?” Once we find the answers to all our questions according to Fromm, men that seek freedom and justice must be brave enough to disobey power that involves leaving the safe nests for the unknown. In the western countries may seem easy to go against the tide, but in different societies disobeying power is extremely dangerous and it requires a strong courage as well as a solid belief in someone’s own actions.
Analyzing orders is just one of the steps to ensure a better society; in fact, once we have obeyed or disobeyed someone’s command we should move forward to fairly question whether to obey or disobey leaders. David Brooks states:” to have good leader you have to have good followers” (16) the authors is saying that the population itself is fully responsible to elevate the right individuals to be called leaders; furthermore, once those leaders...

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