There was a study done by Alexander Merone, a researcher at Penn State, in relation to exactly how much mob mentality can impact decisions. He stated that, "it only takes 5% of what the scientists called ‘informed individuals’ to influence the direction of a crowd of around 200 people. The remaining 95% follow without even realizing it” (Hodan). Statistics likes these frequently cause people to view mob mentality, or the way people are influenced by their peers to make decisions, as having a negative connotation. This can be directly related to the story The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy. This book repetitively brings up the topic of mob mentality and how it impacts members of the Citadel, a military
It is an honor to be nominated for the National Honor Society. The fact that I was nominated proves to me that all of my hard work and dedication has not been for nothing. The National Honor Society is known for recognizing students who strive to achieve their best not only in school but in themselves and the community. I believe that I’m one of those students.
“The Perils of Obedience”, written by Stanley Milgram in 1973, explores how her experiment demonstrated people’s affinity to obey orders even if it means someone will get hurt. Milgram is a leading social psychologist who disproved previously considered notions about obedience and authority. Her work demonstrates how obedience trumps morality and gives support for this phenomena with examples from history. By using different participants’ reactions, the author is able to analyze the meaning behind the experiment.
In the Middle Ages the knights Code of chivalry was apart of the culture. The sacred oaths were meant for the Knights to follow so that they would have strict rules of etiquette and conduct to follow. The Code of chivalry used by the medieval Knights was founded on biblical truths because the church governed people's lives. Through researching the codes of keeping the faith, obeying those in authority, and living by honor and glory it is apparent that the codes were founded on biblical truths.
A lot of wisdom is derived from quotes. Quotes help you to discover another perspective on life and let you see things you may be ignoring. Here are some of the most common quotes with their significance.
This book begins immediately with some shocking statistics that will allow the police officers in the ethics course to see just how prevalent the code of silence can be. Quinn reports, “only 39 percent of police officers believe fellow officers will report serious criminal violations involving the abuse of authority,” and “52,4 percent of police officers agreed, “It is not unusual for a police officer to turn a blind eye to improper conduct by other officers” (4). The book goes on to discuss why officers partake in the code of silence. A scenario given by the author describes an officer who reports to a domestic violence call and ends up being beaten by the offender. The offender would have killed the officer if it were not for the back up that arrived. The back-up officers resort to beating the suspect within inches of his life. The suspect survives, but does not remember the attack. The initial officer is questioned about what happened to her attacker and she responds by saying she did not see. This officer has now participated in the code of silence by not telling Internal Affairs about the excessive force used by her fellow officers (Quinn 14-18). This scenario shows how easy it can be for officers to abide by the code of silence and how the code of silence can perpetrate a cycle of violence among police officers when the believe fellow officers
After an argument between Sgt. Collier and his Chief Warrant Officer three began to escalate the Warrant officer states he instructed Sgt. Collier to be “at ease” repeatedly. Sgt. Collier did not obey the order from his Chief Warrant Officer and therefore was brought in front of the courts.
Critic Jean Starobinsky wisely said that “in every case, wisdom consists of stifling the irrational impulse, in not letting loose the word or impulse that would spell disaster” (Starobinsky). Set in the Ancient Greek kingdom of Ithaca, Homer’s The Odyssey, follows the epic return of Odysseus to his kingdom ten years following the Trojan War. Homer makes several observations about the psychological mindset needed for self restraint. During his absence, a mob of suitors invaded his palace to court his faithful wife, Penelope. Meanwhile, inexperienced prince Telemachus struggles to overthrow them while attempting to establish himself as the new leader of Ithaca. However, the suitors are
For millenniums, the laws of nature went ungoverned and unrefined, but humans have evolved to be complex and managed to create a set of codes to live by. Originally, there was nothing to base law on other than the current moral code, and possibly religion. In the letter, now titled, ¨Letter from Birmingham Jail,” written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the author discusses the two types of laws man can create: just and unjust laws. King asserts that the difference between just and unjust laws are that one is typically there to unite and the other is there to oppress; these arguments are agreeable because they are supported by history.
The applicant requests an upgrade of his under other than honorable conditions discharge to general, under honorable conditions. The applicant contends his discharge was not handled fairly. The applicant states, in effect, it all started with one incident in which he had inappropriate relationship, disrespect a senior NCO, and he pursued Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) actions through the chain of command. The applicant contends he was trying to move forward, but the unit chose not to transfer him due to his rank reduction. The applicant states, in effect, he advised by counsel to take a Chapter 10, instead of going to trial by court-martial. The applicant contends he had one mistake in 10 years of service, he accepts the consequences,
In A Few Good Men, director Rob Reiner portrays the court case of two Marines named Dawson and Downey, on trial for the murder of another Marine, William Santiago. Santiago was killed due to a code red ordered by Kendrick and Jessep. Dawson and Downey felt that they are innocent because they were just following orders. The same situation arises in “The Perils of Obedience,” by Stanley Milgram. Milgram believes that everyone is inclined to be obedient but not hold responsibility, and proves this by including an experiment where while administering shocks to learners, teachers would only continue when being told to do so and when they were told that they are not responsible for what happens to the learner. This experiment shows that although
The book, Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece, by Victor Davis Hanson discusses the period of the Middle Ages. More specifically, it is an extensive breakdown of ancient Greek warfare. Hanson is going to determine and investigate the effectiveness of Greek infantrymen as a triumphant and professional fighting force, and analyze the core ideals that today’s modern society strives to uphold: honour, freedom, and courage. Greece was one of the most successful and feared empires in the world, given their remarkable battle strategies. Some important Greek hoplite battles included, The Persian Wars, The Spartan War with Tega, The Peloponnesian War, and the First Battle of Mantineia. By using successful tactics and fighting
From the moment someone says their first word to the day they start school, he or she is expected to be successful. Now imagine if all the hard work paid off to become well known in a country’s history. Attaining the luxurious life of fame and fortune as guardian of a kingdom was not easy, however. Knights were faced with a lifetime of grueling work. In order to become a medieval knight one first needed to learn the code of chivalry before enduring rigorous training as a Page and advancing as a Squire.
Nancy Scheper-Hughes Death Without Weeping, she states that “even the most ‘advanced’ state can resort to threats of violence or to open violence against ‘disorderly’ citizens” (Fassin 2013). This quote suggests that the state uses its discretionary power to maintain the order of society. This discretionary power applies to the police as well. Baldwin’s “A Report from Occupied Territory” provides examples of a state using violence against citizens that society perceives to be disorderly. Baldwin criticizes this use of violence. This criticism provides key claims, that along with other articles provide insight in the relationships between law, coercive force, and discretion. Using Baldwin’s “A Report from Occupied Territory”, as well as a few
In his 1944 speech to the 23rd Republican National Convention, President Herbert Hoover said, “Old men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die”(1). Though President Hoover was speaking of the casualties of World War II, the same reigns true for World War I. Paths of Glory is film centered on the loss of honor found in the higher ranks of the French army during World War I. It is the story of young men dying for old men’s war.