Obedience is interesting. In some things, obedience is absolutely fine, such as helping children avoid catastrophic mistakes due to ignorance. Things like, "Don't play in the road!" But then we have obedience of the "Just following orders" variety, the kind of justification used by German soldiers at the death camps, and US soldiers during Vietnam. This is the one that should concern us all, and I want to explore this idea in this article.
Obedience is doing as one is told to do, therefore it necessitates submission to an authority. It should be a sort of formalized agreement, but it is not; you are expected to obey whoever the majority has determined this authority is without deliberation. I perhaps wouldn't be repulsed by such an idea if there was a literal Rousseau-like social contract to sign up for such maltreatment, but the fact that you may not opt-out of such an agreement is disturbing. It spits in the face of freedom.
As an American citizen for example, regardless of your beliefs or opinions, you will pay taxes and lots of them.
Let me ask you though, did you ever sign some agreement, or even some verbal consent to this treatment? I bet you didn't, I know I didn't, but all of the sudden someone claims to entitled to our possessions or labor? It's as if you were a business owner and the mafia paid you a visit with a baseball bat and a tommy gun demanding that you pay "protection" money. Maybe at this point, you'll start to see why I refer to government as a crime syndicate, because if you don't comply, they will either throw you in jail or commit violence against you. Taxation isn't just theft, that's too weak a word, it is extortion.
Taxation is, of course, only one example of obedience. Covid-19(84) has illustrated that, at least in America, we'll believe and obey nearly everything that our crime syndic-- I mean gubberment says, and accept its orders without question. People now wear worthless face-maskes everywhere, because they were told to; people now remain six feet apart at all times, because they were told to; people stay at home, because they were told to. Heck, in China people are submitting to anal swabs for the virus; what an absolute indignity, and I imagine that we'll be submitting to the same thing here in West soon. Of course, Covid-19(84) is especially deceptive with its entire pretense being a pandemic (its not, by the way), so it is easy to dismiss the first few months as simply fear, but at this point (nearly a year after the first lockdowns), it is nothing but boot-licking at its finest. It is nothing more than doing as one is told instead of considering, just for a moment, what one thinks himself; you know, the whole point of this blog!
Let's look at one more example of this boot-licking culture we live in: Blue Lives Matter. It purports that we need to "Back the Blue" and "Do as the officer says and no one will get hurt!" At least that's what some of its supporters say. Deranged absurdity. This kind of attitude is only worsening the the police state that we already have; it gives moral grounds to law enforcement to, well, enforce laws, laws with which we may not all agree, laws which are anything but moral. No matter their station in life, no one has the right to threaten anyone's health and freedom if the subject is not harming anyone, and yes, badges and uniforms included.
(I do NOT want to give the impression that I support other movements such as Black Lives Matter or any other movement. No movement ever has actually cared about the individual's freedom, including democracy itself; as soon as such a movement gets into power, it just enhances its own large group power while diminishing the autonomy of the individual. It does this by "uniting" people behind a very weak label such as sexuality or race, and exploiting their emotional investment in the group which ultimately leads to the accumulation of power in a few individuals, and A LOT of disappointed people. It all comes down to the power of labeling, and it is too hard to label the individual, thus not profitable. Moral of this story: forget about group identity based on skin-deep issues; it is fickle, and untrustworthy.)
Alright, muhdernity rant over, time to explore a very interesting tendency I've noticed in old people. Obedience seems to have a strange correlation with age: the older you are the more obedient you are. Everyone ever has heard some old person say that young people are too rambunctious, and they just won't listen. GOOD. Even though young people can be swaggering know-it-alls at times, at least they haven't become total submissives (actually, I'm not so sure about the zoomers); the same cannot be said about old people. Think of all those old people who are going to get the "vaccine" and think its actually good for them. They genuinely think that other people, specifically the government and medicine, know what is best for them rather than themselves!
Nice try, but even if that's correct, why does that mean they will submit mentally as well? Mental submission, that is, "going with the flow" is worse among old people than probably any other group, especially with regards to health: new "vaccine" in town? Get it immediately. Doctor says do X? Do X, no questions. Government says stay home? Stay home, they probably know what is best for you. I'm not saying that old people should be reckless, but at that age, a person has had enough time to realize that only they know what's best for themselves; if they haven't realized it at that point, then all of the pills in their pill organizers are VERY blue.
The baby boomer generation isn't any better in terms of obedience; after all, they are the primary supporters of Blue Lives Matter. This isn't to say that all old people and boomers (quickly becoming one in the same) are total submissives, I'm sure there are few proper old rebels out there, but those rebels are definitely the minority.
Good question, and I'm sad to say that they are too busy either consooooming product, or are rebelling against things that don't matter like micro-aggressions. Have you seen the average millenial or zoomer beta male? It saddens me to see what should be the most rebellious age groups be so totally neutered by electronic consumption, and effeminate opinions. Young people won't rebel against anything meaningful anymore, because they are too distracted by social media which is turning them into programmable NPCs, streaming television, and identifying with movements that won't make a lick of difference in terms of individual, or even small group autonomy. With this group mostly down and out, it is entirely possible that freedom, independence, and autonomy will soon be stamped out by our lovely little obedience.
So were the Nazis at the death camps. So were US soldiers in Vietnam who committed atrocities. So are US soldiers who kill people from the air with drone strikes right now. Doing your job is not an excuse for evil: if you are violating another human being for whatever reason, there is nothing that can justify that other than protecting yourself from harm. The drone strikes in particular are extremely dishonorable; at least in war before the industrial revolution, fighters would have to be close enough to see the person they intended to kill: with drone strikes, dealing death from above is routine, almost like a video game. The problem with obedience is the banality of it all, thus Hannah Arendt's famous phrase, "the banality of evil." When people unthinkingly do their jobs, that is, being perfectly obedient, it doesn't matter what the job is anymore; the job will be put on autopilot, thereby running the risk of mindlessly oppressing or even killing innocent people, or themselves.
Deference is the root of adult obedience to authority in that the individual, instead of respecting himself and his own opinions, gives into the opinions and mandates of another. I specifically mention adult obedience, because over a long life, this deference becomes crystallized in old age; that is why we see such strong obedience in old people: they've been doing it so long it feels natural to defer. That's not too say to defer is always bad; if someone suggests that you go to a hospital after receiving a gunshot wound, that is an opinion worth deferring to. The problem with deference is that we do it all the time, always assuming that someone else knows what is better for us instead of checking our own opinions first, which is an absolute neccessity for the autonomous man, that Emersononian self-reliance.
But I said it was lazy in the above heading, so I'll qualify that. Deference is lazy, because it takes all mental strain off of the thinker by simply doing as one is told to do or think. Thinking and decision making are not the easiest tasks in the world to do, and quite a few people are too timid for those, but everyone has the ability to think and decide: these abilities are the gifts of consciousness, and to not exercise these abilities is to squander what makes a human a more interesting animal than the rest. Deferring, at its worst, is literally dehumanizing; it encourages submission to authority on the grounds that authority knows best. It takes Marcus Aurelius' phrase (I don't have my book, so I'll paraphrase), "What is good for the hive is good for the bee" to a perverted level of absurdity when you consider that every individual is capable of sufficient thought for themselves; whether or not they exercise their innate abilities is a matter of laziness or fear of authority.
As a computer technician (new character info unlocked!), I see a parallel in computing similar to this deference. So before the microprocessor was invented in the 1970s, there were enormous, room-filling mainframes that were interacted with by use of remote terminals. These terminals were not independent computers, because they simply sent all of their input to the mainframe for computation. During the 80s, and especially the 90s however, the home computer became an independent computer that didn't need a mainframe. The home computer had achieved technological independence, but with the rise of the billions of online services, cloud computing, cloud storage, cloud everything in the last 10 or 15 years, we see the home computer becoming just like those dumb terminals before the microprocessor. A computer is nothing more than a way to reach the internet to consoooom product for most people. The bad part about it is that home computers and laptops are more powerful than ever before, yet the consoooomers decided to defer all that power over to big tech. Its a tragic thing happening in tech, and its a tragic thing to see in humanity as well.
I hope that at this point I have made clear the dangers of obedience, its progression into old age, the utter lack of rebelliousness in young people, and how lazy deference is indignity to all thinking creatures. This boot-licking tendency has really become disturbing since Covid-19(84), and it is hard to say if people will ever value their individual thoughts and opinions over the authority's prescribed thoughts and opinions; if authority does it well, then the people will believe it was they who had those opinions in the first place! I guess muhdernity really is one big skinner box filled with smaller skinner boxes.
Anyway, I don't spew facts generally, just my own thoughts and opinions that I'm reasonably sure are mine, and not imported from our excellent rulers. I hope that you create your own opinion on this issue as well: don't just take my word or the gubberment's word for it, make up your own opinion. This is more or less the whole point of my internet ramblings: I don't want or care if you agree with me, I just want YOU to think for yourself; don't be a socially-engineered product of muhdernity, that is, a consoooomer par excellence, be the thinking creature you were born to be, and understand how everything in this brave new world affects your individual autonomy, and defend it as if your life depends on it, because in reality, it does.