Giving up Power for Order (Law 11/12)

Based on the episode of Lost we watched, discussions about Lord of Flies we had, and our general round table on Power and Order, why do we, as humans, give up a certain degree of authority and power? Why do we voluntarily (or perhaps involuntarily) do this? What do we gain?

Criteria for assessment is located at MrHenderson.ca. Please blog prior to class on Thursday, September 9, 2010.

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10 thoughts on “Giving up Power for Order (Law 11/12)

  1. Without some form of fair government, society would be led by whoever is the strongest or the smartest; the best in whatever traits are needed to give them the most power. People who would have very little power in this type of society would give up some of that individual power to a leader in order to ensure that they are treated fairly in the community. Those with a lot of power – those who are very strong, smart, etc. – may also wish to ensure their own safety. While a person with lots of power may be strong on an individual level, others may see them as a threat, and those with less power may eventually band together to remove that person from their position of power. Additionally, those with power may still fear other people gaining more power than them, and so they may also support a system of government which is fair to all.In the end, the person who is the strongest or the smartest may end up with the power anyway. But the fact that they were given that power by the people may mean those people gain something. With a fairly elected leader, the people may feel safer and more secure, as everyone has had a say. Those with less individual power will hopefully be treated fairly, as they have just as much power in the election as those who have more individual power. Also, those people with more individual power will not be fighting for leadership. Through voluntarily giving up some of their individual power to a fairly elected leader, the people may gain safety and security.

  2. I think it is natural human instinct to want to be protected and secure. So when a leader emerges like Jack did on Lost, people immediately accepted his leadership because they saw it is as the quickest way to safety. He was establishing order in a place where chaos was taking over. In a situation of chaos the person who seems to know what they’re doing is the person the people usually pick because they feel that this person out of everyone can bring them some semblance of order which will ultimately lead to a safer situation and provide security for them. People give up a certain degree of power and authority because when they find themselves in a precarious position like the plane crash, they seek out someone to make the situation more stable and less dangerous. It is a basic instinct for a human to want to find protection for themselves so if acknowledging a leader and giving up some power accomplishes that end then it is natural for the power to shift.

  3. Human beings give up power for a more safe and secure feeling. If everyone kept their power and didn't allow or accept anyone to form a civilized society and take the role as leader, chaos would ensue. In Lord of the Flies their are two leaders that emerge, polarizing the kids on the island. In Lost, Jack steps forward and takes the role of leader to created a sense of security and order in a situation that would otherwise of none.Eric M

  4. I think that people grow to either be leaders, or followers. Not that being a follower is a bad thing, they just enjoy taking orders rather than giving them. In lost, Jack quickly rises from the bunch and starts to become the groups leader. Not only is jack a good leader, but he is probably the most qualified. Humans generally don't mind giving up their power to someone like Jack cause it gives them a sense of security. People would have felt alot less safe in the Lost situation if Jack would Have become the groups leader.

  5. Human beings give up power for a more safe and secure feeling. If everyone kept their power and didn't allow or accept anyone to form a civilized society or take the role as leader, chaos would ensue. In Lord of the Flies their are two leaders that emerge, polarizing the kids on the island. In Lost, Jack steps forward and takes the role of leader to created a sense of security and order in a situation that would otherwise of none.

  6. People give up power because giving up power also means giving up a portion of your responsibilities as well. This is enticing for many people and is even more enticing in a crisis situation like we see in Lost. The man trying to save the black lady loses this responsibility when Jack runs up and takes control. Now the man's only responsibility is to find a pen, not to save the life of another human being. The man gives up his power and responsibility because it is easier then the alternative.

  7. It is human nature to want a structured society with rules, beliefs and, most importantly, a leader. Ironically, people feel most comfortable when they are following directions as opposed to living solely by free will. In the midst of all the chaos on the island, the first thing we observe in this episode of Lost is the involuntary selection of a leader. Jack immediately springs into action, helping those in need and giving people instructions. By telling others what to do, Jack establishes his role as the head of the group. The fact that people obey him so willingly demonstrates their desire for someone to follow. The reason people instinctively relinquish a certain degree of power is so that they feel safe. When they are following the directions of a leader, they feel that they are taken care of and have less responsibility. Most people would rather feel secure and have less free will than to take on the challenging role that Jack accepts.

  8. It is human instinct to look for safety and security. People often give up their power in order to feel secure. Making decisions is a huge responsibility; particularly when you are in a situation like the one that the characters in Lost and Lord of the Flies find themselves in. In the midst of chaos, people look for someone to tell them what needs to be done. This takes the responsibility of making important decisions off of their shoulders, and makes them feel secure knowing that they are being looked after.

  9. Humans, as a group, tend to want very few things above safety and security. It is mainly these two necessities that best guarantee survival, which is what humans have been striving for since their existence. Most people would trade off power in order to be assured their survival. With power comes the responsibility to use it wisely, which many people are incapable (or believe they are incapable) of doing. Humans would much rather give their power up than be forced to make decisions that might not be in our best interest. Having someone else make our decisions gives us a feeling of security. Even if the leader is inept or poor, we as humans still convince ourselves that we are better off with them than on our own. All humans have one primary goal, which they would gladly give all their power up to, which is survival.

  10. Humans give up a certain degree of authority and power when they know there is a leader in power who will keep them safe, and secure. For example in Lord of the Flies everyone is uncivilized until the conch is brought into effect. “I’ll give the conch to the next person to speak. He can hold it when he’s speaking”(31). Ralph makes this comment as he is trying to create order, and we see that throughout the novel, civilization develops even though at the beginning of the novel, it seemed as though there would be no chance. Eventually there will end up being an individual who is very powerful, and we can only hope that they will use their power in a love and caring way like Jack demonstrated in the episode of Lost.

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