If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, not as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one's country, one's fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles.— Howard Zinn
Wonderful Blind Obedience quotations
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.
There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss.
Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust.
The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.
Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience.
Nothing is more destructive of human dignity than a rule which imposes a mute and blind obedience.
The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism.
Governments don't want a population capable of critical thinkng. They want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and just dumb enough to passively accept their situation.
Inquiry is human; blind obedience brutal. Truth never loses by the one but often suffers by the other.
What we call "morals" is simply blind obedience to words of command.
Science ... looks skeptically at all claims to knowledge, old and new. It teaches not blind obedience to those in authority but to vigorous debate, and in many respects that's the secret of its success.
If the whole world was blind, how many people would you impress?
We are not obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see.
Those who speak of blind obedience may appear to know many things, but they do not understand the doctrines of the gospel. There is an obedience that comes from a knowledge of the truth that transcends any external form of control. We are not obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see.
Blind obedience is a sure sign of trouble.
The likelihood of religion becoming evil is greatly diminished when there is freedom for individual thinking and when honest inquiry is encouraged.
Hatred and fear blind us. We no longer see each other. We only see the faces of monsters, and that gives us the courage to destroy each other.
The kind of "blind obedience" once theologized as the ultimate step to holiness, is itself blind. It blinds a person to the insights and foresight and moral perspective of anyone other than an authority figure.
Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience; but, as blind obedience is ever sought for by power, tyrants and sensualists are in the right when they endeavor to keep women in the dark because, the former only want slaves, and the latter a play-thing.
A servile race Who, in mere want of fault, all merit place;
Who blind obedience pay to ancient schools, Bigots to Greece, and slaves to musty rules.
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
No master can make me swear blind obedience.
Enduring faith is not blind or obedient, it is keenly attentive and responsible;
it is not fed by awe, but by quickening interest; prosperity is not the disappearance of problems, but the continual engagement with the process of finding solutions. Wisdom is not given from on high, but must be painstakingly unraveled from the knots in his own guts.
Blind obedience in the name of patriotism or religion ultimately takes our lives.
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
The doctrine of blind obedience and unqualified submission to any human power, whether civil or ecclesiastical, is the doctrine of despotism, and ought to have no place among Republicans and Christians.
I taught public school for 26 years, but I just can't do it anymore.
For years I asked the school board to let me teach a curriculum that doesn't hurt kids, but they always had other fish to fry. If you hear of a job where I don't have to hurt kids to make a living, let me know. The truth is that schools don't really teach anything, but blind obedience.
The Middle Ages were an era of mysticism, ruled by blind faith and blind obedience to the dogma that faith is superior to reason. The Renaissance was specifically the rebirth of reason, the liberation of man's mind, the triumph of rationality over mysticism - a faltering, incomplete, but impassioned triumph that led to the birth of science, of individualism, of freedom.
If the whole world was blind, how many people would you impress.
Of all ennobling sentiments, patriotism may be the most easily manipulated.
On the one hand, it gives powerful expression to what is best in a nation's character: a commitment to principle, a willingness to sacrifice, a devotion to the community by the choice of the individual. But among its toxic fruits are intolerance, belligerence and blind obedience, perhaps because it blooms most luxuriantly during times of war.
Belief compelled through fear is not belief, it is blind and forced obedience.
I think we are constantly faced with the same decision.
The decision to be blindly obedient to authority versus the decision to try and change things by fighting the powers that be is always, throughout history, the only decision.
The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.
In vain do they talk of happiness who never subdued an impulse in obedience to a principle. He who never sacrificed a present to a future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind speak of color.
But you don't need to worry. The Lord will never let his mouthpiece lead the people astray.
Latter-day Saints are not obedient because they are compelled to be obedient.
They are obedient because they know certain spiritual truths and have decided, as an expression of their own individual agency, to obey the commandments of God. . . . We are not obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision
It cannot be said too often that actions are good or bad in the light of consequences, and that a clear perception of consequences would control actions. That which increases the sum of human happiness is moral; and that which diminishes the sum of human happiness is immoral. . . . Blind, unreasoning obedience is the enemy of morality.
Always keep your eye on the President of the church, and if he ever tells you to do anything, even if it is wrong, and you do it, the lord will bless you for it, but you don't need to worry. The lord will never let his mouthpiece lead the people astray.
War paralyzes your courage and deadens the spirit of true manhood.
It degrades and stupefies with the sense that you are not responsible, that 'tis not yours to think and reason why, but to do and die,' like the hundred thousand others doomed like yourself. War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.