The greatest iniquities are committed in the name of obedience.
Obedience is an evolutionary adaptation; society needs the majority to be conformists just as it needs a minority – the people who excel – to lead it.
If the values and principles you hold coincide in all matters of substance with the different communities to which you belong – social, religious, work etc., then it is either an enormous coincidence or you simply lack any critical judgment of your own.
Those who are aware of the enormities which they are capable of committing at the behest of authority have at least a chance of resisting. Those who are not aware are time bombs.
Those who are aware of the enormities which they are capable of committing at the behest of authority should take every opportunity to exercise the muscles of autonomy. They should perform one act of nonconformity each day to keep themselves in trim.
The inclination to conformity is like a warped stick; it must be bent back beyond the horizontal to correct the natural bias.