Bucket list #2: Take a Stand


I remember seeing a short film in my social psychological class, back when I was in graduate school, in the early 80"s. The Milgram Experiment was a famous study out of Yale. It was a study about the affects authority had on obedience. Under what conditions would an ordinary, courteous, decent person act without conscience and inhumanly, was the question Milgram wanted to explore.

Although, being in my late 20's, one would think that my values, morals and judgements were set. I was at a very impressionable time in my life and the subject and findings of the experiment left an everlasting impression on my true self and future behavior.

This film posed the question that shaped my attitude, thoughts, character and self worth. I took it to heart asking myself, "What kind of person am I? Would I be able to stand for what I believed was morally right or would I easily relinquish because the voice of authority directed me to?"

I grew that day. I left my class believing that there are two kinds of people, the followers and the leaders. Some will have courage to stand up for what they believe is humanly right. And, some will just not. And, they will follow.

I had the opportunity to take a stand and felt great about doing it.

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refused of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door! THE STATUE OF LIBERTY- Ellis Island

The Milgram Experiment

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