The term obedience (originating in Latin obese), is related to the act of obeying (that is, of respect, abide by and comply with the will of the authority or whoever is in charge). To cite some examples of use: “Obedience is the key in the relationship between a dog and its owner”, “As the highest authority of this institution, I demand obedience”.
Obedience usually takes place from obligations or prohibitions that involve the realization or omission of certain Actions. The concept contemplates the subordination of the individual will to a figure of authority, which can be both a individual as a group or a concept. There are those who, for example, obey God or to a ideology.
There are different forms of obedience. It is known as childlike obedience to the natural subordination that children express to their parents as a result of the family integration process.
In this sense, we must highlight the fact that in the field of parent education there is a very interesting resource called “Obedience Stories” that helps parents learn to educate their offspring in values.
The solidarity obedience, for its part, is that which appears when someone abides by the decisions of a group despite not having full conviction regarding the actions to be carried out.
The so-called hierarchical or due obedienceOn the other hand, it is framed in criminal law and is a circumstance where someone is freed from criminal responsibility in relation to a crime perpetrated in compliance with an ordinance issued by a higher authority than the one who commits the offense. This means that the subordinate is released from all responsibility despite having been the material author of the act, transferring the criminal punishment to whoever gave the order in question.
A term this, that of obedience, which also becomes a fundamental pillar of the religious sphere and specifically of Christianity where it is established that obedience to God is undeniable and unquestionable. And it is that it is considered that carrying out it is to demonstrate good sense since it is established that “The Father” is infinitely wise and always knows what is best for us.
It is also determined that in order to carry out said obedience it is essential to know the will of that supreme being. An action that can be achieved by studying what human nature is, through prayer, knowing what Christian doctrine is and also through the guidance of other people.
In the same way, within the religious sphere we have to state that there is also what is called the formal precept of obedience. This is the mandate that, within the ecclesiastical orders or hierarchies themselves, the superiors in question use to get their “subjects” to carry out obedience in an even closer and more firm way.
As many of you will know, the notion of due obedience often appears in trials involving the armed forces, where subordination to the superior is very rigid and the subordinate’s capacity for free action is almost nil. If the superior orders his subordinate to carry out an action that constitutes a crime and the subordinate complies, he may be protected by due obedience.
In addition to everything underlined, it is important that we know that there are various expressions that use the concept of obedience. Thus, for example, we would have what is called blind obedience, which is one that someone performs without studying at any time the motives, reasons or principles that direct the president in question.