Is it important to question the ideas and decisions of people in positions of authority?
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The vast majority of societies around the world is largely dependent upon people in authority. They are the ones that make decisions for and implement policy into their own society to enhance standards of living. However, they can often be detrimental to society if their ideas and decisions are not questioned by other people. The two countries, North and South Korea, show the importance of questioning the ideas and decisions of people in authority.
In North Korea, it is illegal to question people in authority. If one is found to have questioned people in authority, he or she will be sentenced to prison for years. A more severe punishment is made if one is found to have criticized people in authority. Due to people's inability to question people in authority and the fact that the law prohibits the publication of anyone's opinion in any form, there is no communication made between government officials and citizens. As it is widely known, North Korea is one of the most abject and corrupt countries around the world. Because people in authority are never questioned by citizens, they have no pressure from fulfilling the demands and needs of their citizens, neglect their own citizens, and become corrupted. Ultimately, the inability to question people in authority leads to downfall of North Korean society as well as people's living conditions.
South Korea, on the other hand, is a country that accepts every concern, question, and criticism from its citizens like most democratic countries around the world. In South Korea, one is free to post his or her opinion and question about government's decisions and policy on the internet or in any form of publication. The communication between government and citizens is continuous and steady and effective. In addition, people's ability and acuity to question people in authority contributes to the improvement of decisions and ideas of government officials. As a result, the country's economy is steady and healthy, and there are certainly less corrupt politicians in South Korea than in North Korea. It is no doubt that questioning people in authority produces positive and helpful outcomes to society.
From the examination of these two opposite countries, it is proved that questioning people in authority is important to society and that a country can neither develop nor flourish without a communication channel with its citizens.