If you do not obey a command given by, say, an employer or policeman etc. Then there are always consequences attached. E.g. Disobeying an employer can result in dismissal or other disciplinary action. Disobeying a policeman will result in legal action or a warning (disciplinary action). Both the former and latter are indeed punishments. Both can result in psychological harm, and both could result in physical harm.
Is this not another form of ownership? Isn't this just another form of slavery, which is just obscured by semantics?
Obedience is slavery. People have the right to do whatever they want to obtain happiness. Slavery is when people are unable to do what they want. We all have the right to be happy. No one creature has any right whatsoever to enslacve another creature. "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal anbd endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." -The Founding Fathers And Mothers
Obedience is not renting our life to others,its in fact a way of learning . Obeying a elder or a fellow person just comes through the behaviour and it cannot be said it is a slavery because if a person tries to take upper hand on others and next on others then the life becomes a competition..Obeying brings the touch of respect ,attitude and dignity to our life. The string of obedience holds the relations.
Slavery is best defined as "a state in which an individual is forced to perform an action." A person can be forced to obey, but that does not mean all obedience is forced. I might be forced to pick cotton by the threat of death, but someone might ask me to pick cotton and I could choose to help him. So no, obedience is not a form of slavery, but you can obey in a state of slavery.
For this topic, I shall define both the definitions of "obedience" and "slavery". The definition of "obedience" is: "Compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority". Basically if someone gives you an order, or request; you do it. While "slavery" is defined as: "The state of being a slave". And if we define "slave" it is defined as: "A person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them".
As we can see, the definitions are way different; than the topic. A slave is simply a term for having ownership to someone, and if you do not obey the owners command; they punish you. While obedience is just doing a request someone asked. They do not have ownership on you, and you are free to deny their request. Possible consequences can happen, but there would most likely be no physical harm to come from denial.
I can see the confusion between the both, but are actually different.