The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
Why People Obey
Obedience in human behavior takes place when an individual yields to explicit instructions from an authority figure. According to Durkheim, obedience to influential commands is substantial. When individuals have a close relationship and coordination with the supreme power, they feel to be part and parcel of the beliefs and rites of the given authority and hence tend to obey (Durkheim 39). Each religion has laws that guide its members who are aware of what would befall them if they disobeyed. As a result, individuals tend to obey the given commands to avoid facing punishment. In a nutshell, individuals obey influential commands because they are accepted by all members of that given society and acts as a unifying figure.The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
According to Durkheim obeying influential command is uplifting as it serves as a norm of conduct to members of society. Besides, the commands serve as guiding principles to the community which keeps it running. Also, the obedience of commands allows people to keep up with their normal operations in a secure and peaceful manner without fear of being attacked (Durkheim 231). As a result, society is able to progress due to the availability of positive peace. The community members also obey the influential commands with regard to the importance of obeying the commands due to the happiness and well-being associated with obeying the commands compared to disobeying them.The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
In conclusion, community members have an obligation to obey commands due to the benefits associated with obedience. Commands play a significant role in the security, order, and provision of substantial services in society. Influential commands act as a unifying figure in society and those who disobey face certain punishments. The community members also obey the influential commands with regard to the importance of obeying the commands due to the happiness and well-being associated with obeying the commands compared to disobeying them.
Durkheim, Emile . “The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.” The Free Press (1995): 1-535.The Elementary Forms of Religious Life