Authority, Order-Followers, and Personal Responsibility

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Obedience to authority is when people perceive certain individuals or groups to be masters whom they must obey. It is a symptom of ignorance of morality and a lack of common sense.

The belief that one can and should hand over their personal responsibility and allow others to tell them what to do means those people lack an understanding of the self, morality, their own rights, and the rights of others.

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When one is ignorant in one or more of these areas, they are liable to become an order-follower. An order-follower is one who blindly obeys what they’re told by someone they perceive to be an authority.

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But when one has an understanding of the self, morality, and rights, there is no chance they could ever become an order-follower. They will resist being an order-follower with all their soul.

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The belief in authority and obedience to that authority has led to the most harm, suffering, and death inflicted upon innocent life on Earth.

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Instead of personally determining whether an action is right (moral) or wrong (immoral), and then acting based on that determination, order-followers believe they can hand over that responsibility, and simply allow others to dictate their actions.

  • • Soldiers believe they have the right to trespass against, maim, and murder others because they were told they have this right and are following orders.
  • • Police believe they have the right to trespass against, arrest, assault, and even murder others because they were told they have this right and are following orders.
  • • Other government agents believe they have the right to trespass against, assault, arrest, and even murder others because they were told they have this right and are following orders.
  • • And the vast majority of humanity believes not only in the authority of all of these groups, but also in the authority of government itself.

Those who believe in government and other external authorities support their own slavery, and the world of control and suffering in which we live.

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Obedience to authority is not exclusive to police, military, and other law enforcement agencies; people are in occupations and situations all the time that require them to make a choice between obeying an authority figure and doing what's right.

Test Scenario


What if you worked in a science lab, and your assignment was to test a new type of poison on mice?

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What if you knew that this poison would cause incredible harm and suffering for the mice, but your supervisor said it had to be done. If you didn’t do it, you would be fired. What would you do?

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The Milgram Experiment tested a similar scenario. In this experiment, volunteers were ordered to hurt another person by shocking them with an increasingly powerful electric charge each time the other person answered a test question incorrectly. No one was actually being hurt, but the volunteers believed they were hurting the other person.

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Each time a shock was given, it appeared to become more and more powerful, to the point at which the volunteers believed they were seriously hurting the other person. As the shocks became excessively powerful, the volunteers believed they might even be killing the other person.

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What did the volunteers do? Did they continue to shock and hurt the other person to the point where they thought they might be killing them? Or did they understand what they were doing was wrong and refused to continue? In this experiment, a scientist played the role of the authority and urged the volunteers to carry on in the name of science. Did the volunteers feel they had to continue hurting the other person because they were ordered to do so by the authority figure? Or did they stand up to their orders and say “No, I won't do this anymore.”?

What would you do? Watch the following duplication of the experiment to see what most of the volunteers chose to do:

Part 1: http://www.personalgrowthcourses.net/video/milgram_2009-1

Part 2: http://www.personalgrowthcourses.net/video/milgram_2009-2

Part 3: http://www.personalgrowthcourses.net/video/milgram_2009-3


To read more about the experiment, visit this page:
https://explorable.com/stanley-milgram-experiment


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Personal Responsibility


The Milgram Experiment showed how easy it is for people to cause harm to others if commanded or urged to do so by a perceived authority figure. Humanity’s failure to recognize this weakness is one of the primary factors that leads to the majority of suffering on Earth, as those in charge take full advantage.

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When people commit harm, believing that the responsibility lies with their supervisor, a commanding officer, or a law, it is a complete failure of consciousness, and specifically a failure of Personal Responsibility.

Personal Responsibility is the truth is that we are all responsible for our actions, no matter what.

  • No matter what our supervisor tells us to do
  • No matter what our teacher tells us to do
  • No matter what a scientist tells us to do
  • No matter what a doctor tells us to do
  • No matter what written laws tell us to do
  • No matter what the government tells us to do
  • No matter what we’re required to do for a paycheck

Being personally responsible means following Natural Law, the law of morality, and refusing to follow orders, especially when doing so would result in the initiation of harm to others or their property.

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In order to begin shifting humanity’s direction from the negative path we’re on to the positive path, it’s imperative that we start making decisions based on our own conscience, rather than orders from others. Acting based on our conscience means deciding which actions are right and which actions are wrong, and then willfully choosing only those actions that are right.

This means asking the questions, “Would I not want this done to me?” and “Will this action result in the initiation of harm to another living being or their property?” If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then it is our moral responsibility to refuse that order.

Refusing an order is often difficult, and it may mean we...

  • Get fired from our job
  • Receive a failing grade in school
  • Get kicked out of school
  • Get kicked out of the military
  • Get kicked out of the police force
  • Lose money
  • Be verbally reprimanded
  • Lose our reputation among our peers
  • End up in prison

But these are of no importance compared to the pain we cause to others, as well as to ourselves when we blindly obey. The impact of following orders rather than our conscience has far-reaching consequences.

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While it may be difficult, all people have to do is say, “No.”

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Convincing people that they need to follow laws and must obey authorities is one of the most significant deceptions resulting in the most harm, suffering, and death in our world.

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When people don't understand morality, and they allow others to tell them what to do, they are prone to incredibly wicked wrongdoings.

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Combine ignorance of both morality and personal responsibility with the offer of a paycheck and most become willing to do anything.

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If an individual initiates harm with their actions, they are the ones responsible. Not their bosses. Not their teachers. Not the lawmakers. Not the government. Not whoever gave them their orders. No matter what, each individual is always responsible for his or her actions, 100% of the time.

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The blind belief in authority while casting aside morality helps form the basis for our world of violence, as it creates a class of people who believe they are slaves, and a class of people who believe they are masters, along with their loyal enforcers who will do as they’re told.

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The result is violence, bloodshed, mass suffering, and death throughout the world.

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It’s not the leaders who write the laws or issue the commands who are committing the harm; it’s the people ignorantly obeying the commands who cause the most suffering and death in our world.

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It’s the police and the military who blindly obey who maintain the control system, carry out war and genocide, and ensure humanity remains as slaves to the ruling class.

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It’s the police and the military who have failed in consciousness the most, and have been tricked into following orders that cause the most harm.


So Who's The Authority?


If it's not possible to grant anyone any extra rights, and we shouldn't be following any orders from anyone, then who's the authority? Who should we obey? Teachers? Security guards? Doctors? Police officers? Politicians?

The answer is we are each our own authority. We are solely responsible for our actions. As as result, it is critically important that our actions be based on choosing right over wrong, no matter what.

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This means we are 100% responsible for the actions that we take, every moment of every day.

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Combining personal responsibility with moral behavior is an alchemical transformation of our consciousness. It is awakening into a higher state of awareness. It is growing up.

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To shift the tide of our world, many more people need to recognize the truths that they are always responsible for their own actions, are always responsible for choosing right over wrong, and must act based on these truths or else, for all, great suffering lies ahead.



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