Why Good People Obey Harmful Mandates


by: JP Sears


If you ever wondered what you would do during the civil rights era that sought to end segregation from society or during Nozi Germany, what you are doing today is the answer to that question.

We can look back at Germany in the 1930s and see three groups of people that ended up being on the wrong side of history.

  1. State officials that implemented and enforced unjust laws.

  2. Citizens who turned in their neighbors.

  3. Citizens who stood by and did nothing as they watched the innocent harmed.

And the people who were on the right side of history were those who stuck to their values and principles grounded in freedom and human decency. They exuded bravery instead of taking the easy way out, and they disobeyed unjust laws and mandates to do what their heart knew was right.


Martin Luther King Jr. once said that, “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Similarly, Gandhi said that “Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.”


So here’s a question, which side of history are you choosing?

  • The side that either inflicted harm on the innocent or stood by and watched?

  • Or the side with Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and those who sought to protect those being oppressed?

Your answer to this question isn't based on what you say you would do but on the action you take. And when we consider the results from a famous study called The Milgram Experiment, your decision may surprise you. Watch my new video called Why Good People Obey Harmful Mandates to learn more.


Whenever you stay true to your heart and disobey what you know is wrong, you will not only be on the on the right side of history, you will also empower others to do the same.

In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., let's choose to stand for freedom by exercising courage and bravery.

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