Is obedience really important?

A boy disobeys the sign of not jumping from the bridge.

A baseball player knew only too well what was expected of him.

He could use his bat as he pleased unless signaled to do otherwise by his manager. 

But this seemed to him to be a most important game and he was certain that he could improve upon the judgment of the manager. 

So, although he was instructed to “bunt,” he did the very opposite; he gave the ball a wallop that resulted in a home run, thereby winning the game. 

The baseball fans no doubt acclaimed him a hero, but he was however punished for disobeying his manager.

He learned that obedience was more important than winning a game.
But it might be asked, Was it just, fair and reasonable to penalize a player for winning a game?

No, he was not penalized for winning the game but for going contrary to orders. 

What would happen to the sport of baseball if each player could do as he pleased?

Where would be the teamwork? 

Besides, while in this isolated case the batter’s judgment may have been better, how often is this the case? 

Moreover, who can say whether the game might not also have been won had the batter obeyed? 

Yes, some people are hired and paid to call the signals, for that is what they are supposed to know best; others get paid for cooperating with them. 

Cooperation often means to obey, which this player failed to do.

How important is it to obey?


The very sound of the word “obey” is irksome to many people. 

Some modern brides object to the word “obey” in their marriage vows. 

Ever so many people want to be free to do as they please, to do their “own thing.” 

But life begins and continues only as long as we obey. How so? 

In that we all need to obey the laws of nature—such as gravity, cause and effect, metabolism, and so forth—to keep on living.

Not only is it in our interest to obey the laws of nature, but it is also in our interest to obey the laws that have been made for the orderly functioning of society

Anarchists would do away with all laws; but what confusion and jeopardy would result! 


Without those lights and the obedience of car drivers, the traffic at that point could be hopelessly snarled, not to mention how many persons might be killed because of accidents. 

No question about obedience to traffic laws being important!

Or consider the musicians in a symphony orchestra. 

The conductor might be a genius, but what good would that be if they did not obey him? 

Musicians know only too well the importance of obedience, for their jobs depend upon their implicitly obeying the conductor, the notes and the first musician of their section! 

Is obedience important for them? It certainly is!

By the very nature of things in every human society, if there is to be order, harmony and accomplishment there must be cooperation, and cooperation involves some measure of obedience.

Indeed it is, for not only did parents bring the children into the world, which of itself makes them responsible, but they have the greater experience and the obligation of providing their children with food, clothing, shelter, education, training, and instruction.

How can they properly discharge these duties if their children do not cooperate by obeying? 

No more so than a conductor can do justice to a piece of music unless his men fully cooperate by obeying him!

And there are other spheres of human activity requires individuals to obey. 

For example, obedience is called for in the marital relationship if there is to be peace, harmony and happiness in the family, among citizens in relation to their governments for justice to prevail, among workers or employees in relation to bosses or employers so as to get work done .

Of course, all such obedience is relative, meaning that it is rendered so long as it does not go against harming the fundamental rights of the individuals involved.

So, how important is obedience? Truly very, very important!

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