Defying Without Defiance: Morning-after Reflections on EQAT’s Action at the Annual Meeting of PNC

April 24, 2013
By George Lakey

We had decided to break the rules.  Not a big thing for people whose temperament or life experience leads them to a defiant attitude toward authority.  But we happened to be mostly middle class people, heavily conditioned to fit in, to obey the rules. Our socialization had led to professional and, for the students, academic success.

And here we were, with a priority that required breaking the rules.  For us, a big thing.