The Obedience Quest is based on choosing an institution that is suitable and then adhering to the duties, prescriptions or procedures/rituals of that institution. One of the quest's essential features lies in the subordination of personal preferences. « » sums up this . This naturally applies to the military or a monastery, where is intrinsic. But not everyone can be expected to have the mindset of a soldier or a monk.
Duty is part of social life and everyone knows that. The usual obligations relate to your endeavours: i.e. purposes that you set for yourself; to your contracts: i.e. agreements with others that you willingly make; and to your group: i.e. a body that you willingly join &/or could leave. In other words, duty as part of social existence is commonly aligned or alignable with your own purposes and interests. So a higher injunction is required to make duty important, both in relation to personal matters and more widely.
Withas our frame of reference, we must cast our net more widely: to include situations which are inchoate, complicated, chaotic, or disordered. Now where does lie? In general, it lies with « ». But freed of social demands, why should you take notice or worry about your obligations? Such cases reveal two aspects of : knowing duty and heeding what we know.
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Groups, communities and whole nations go mad periodically, while claiming rationality and sanity. Altering mass delusions may well be impossible, but it is possible to sustain within oneself the knowledge that the crowd, egged on further by its leaders and its own grandiose or paranoid delusions, is heading to disaster.
can be difficult from a purely practical perspective because everyone has so many endeavours, groups and roles in society, and each of these has so many attached obligations. So, in practice, there are continually conflicts between obligations. Conflict only disappears if you ignore your responsibilities and do not actively ensure that you are aware of your obligations.
Your groups are particularly problematic because they seek their own survival and well-being. So members rarely appreciate conflicts between your implicit personal obligations and the group's drives.
In many situations, especially when there is social disorder,is extremely difficult and even harder. So surrender to herd emotions is exceedingly attractive.
Egotism is built around motivations like interest, desire and need. These stand in stark opposition to obligation and so makedifficult. relates to something beyond yourself.