obedience

in the world of journalism, politics, religion and law, much is made of precedent... the status quo is praised... the wisdom of ancestors or the founders is evoked... the restless energy of the youth is cowed with sweet smoothing words delivered by a venerable old man with a sonorous voice and a paternal understanding smile... "all will be well," he promises... and then nothing changes... obedience is requested (for show)... and if not given willingly... then it is taken by force.

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