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Disobedience Virtue or Vice Throughout history sociologist have analyzed the characteristics of human behavior They each write essays giving their educated opinion about a certain situation Erich Fromm first published the essay Disobedience as a Psychological and Moral Problem in 1963 It was also published in the textbook Writing and Reading Across the Curriculum He wrote this essay hoping to educate the general public on his ideas about disobedience Fromm believes that disobedience has caused the human civilization to advance He begins by stating his thesis which says human history began with an act of disobedience and it is not unlikely that it will be terminated by an act of obedience 377 Fromm develops his ideas using a variety of rhetorical strategies In the introduction to the essay Fromm explains that for centuries humans have thought of obedience as a virtue and disobedience as a vice He then goes on to give his thesis Fromm begins paragraph two by giving the example of Adam and Eve ushering in human history with an act of disobedience to God Saying Their act of disobedience broke the primary bond with nature and made them individuals 378 He believes that man was not truly human until he got banned from the Garden of Eden Humans would now have to rely on their own resources to get food clothing and shelter In the third paragraph Fromm uses example again He states in this paragraph that heman had not been corrupted by his sin but freed from the fetters of pre-human Virtue or Vice 3 harmony 378 Man would now search for a new paradise to replace the Old Paradise that he was forced to leave In the paragraph four we see yet again Fromms use of example Fromm explains that there would be no human history were it not for the disobedient act of by Prometheus In Ancient Greek history Prometheus
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