Just Following Orders.
by, 09-01-2012 at 12:18 AM (843 Views)
When a man claims to be 'just following orders' - he loses a major piece of what makes him a human being. He sheds his humanity because instead of being an individual capable of wisdom, sound moral judgement and/or rational thought, he becomes nothing more than the extension of another man's will. When this happens, he is no longer a thinking man - he becomes simply a tool to be used. Like a machine following a program. Or like a wrench to a nut. The wrench does not think or feel, it is simply used, controlled.
If one is demanded to follow an order, it should not be followed it on its face. Rather take it as a suggestion - and do one's best to make a valid moral choice. Do not equivocate or rationalize. Whether it ends up being the 'right' or 'wrong' choice is of less consequence than the fact that the choice was made oneself and that responsibility for that choice is taken, absolutely.