4.13 – OBEDIENCE to Tyrants due to:- Habit (10 of 10)

April 13th, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted/quoted from books and articles published by Albert Einstein Institution and similar sources.

“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of tyrants…and millions have been killed because of this obedience…Our problem is that people are obedient allover the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” ― Howard Zinn

The reason most people obey is the habit of obedience. We are accustomed to obeying those in authority.

For most of us authority begins with our parents, older siblings, grandparents, and other relatives and transfers to schoolteachers, policemen, and even symbols of authority.

For example, we obey traffic signals out of habit—even at deserted road intersections.
A primary objective of recruit training in military forces is to create new habits of obedience. The recruit quickly learns to respond immediately and without question to the commands to his drill sergeant. Hours of repetitive close order drill and constant intimidating supervision has little to do with modern war fighting skills, but they have everything to do with developing a habit of following orders.

In addition, the basic soldering skills, such as the use of weapons, are so deeply embedded through repetitive training, that their use is habit, and requires no deliberative thought.

Those of us who are addicted to tobacco know what a habit is like. We don’t know how many cigarettes we smoke, can’t recall when we smoked them, and don’t quit smoking when the price has risen to absurd levels.

To break this and any other habit, including obedience to authority, we must make a deliberate decision to quit constantly remind ourselves of that decision, and reiterate why it is important to break the habit.
Breaking the obedience habit is a difficult task, just like quitting smoking. Both the decision to stop, and reiteration about why it is so important to stop, are constantly required.

Civil disobedience is not a disrespect for the law.
It is a disrespect for unjust laws, for the law of the jungle, for the law of tyrants.
Civil disobedience is a great respect actually for natural law, which operates not just on truth but on love.
The tyrants are focusing on rules and regulations and all sorts of things, they would like to call the law of the land, to control and defraud other people what is naturally and rightfully theirs by creation.

Let’s conclude this series of Civil Disobedience with this Natural Law & Civil Disobedience SHORT UTUBE REPORT BELOW: