Obedience is a very simple word with a simple meaning. Even in our day to day life, you’ll find that the will to obey is embedded in our subconscious. It can be anything simple like: ‘pass the salt’, ‘switch off the fans’, ‘pick something up’ etc. We obey these simple commands automatically, without even a conscious thought process.
In 1963, Stanley Milgram shocked the world with his research in “Obedience to Authority” which inferred that people can go to any lengths of brutality simply because they feel the need to obey a figure of authority. He cited the example of Adolf Eichmann, who was a German Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer and one of the major organisers of the Holocaust during World War II.
Following is one of the quotes by Eichmann:
To sum it all up, I must say that I regret nothing.
I was one of the many horses pulling the wagon and couldn’t escape left or right because of the will of the driver.
Here are some more details about Milgram’s Experiment: www.simplypsychology.org/milgram
The observations of Milgram’s Experiment can be easily applied to understand the present day scenario of a world rife with terrorism. However, is blind obedience the only factor responsible for people to justify killing millions in their mind? This article explains in scientific details, exactly what goes on in the mind of a terrorist.
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