Wanting to share a very short excerpt from the book Obedience to Authority (1974; 2004 ed.) by Stanley Milgram, page 164:
The price of disobedience is a gnawing sense that one has been faithless. Even though he has chosen the morally correct action, the subject remains troubled by the disruption of the social order he brought about, and cannot fully dispel the feeling that he deserted a cause to which he had pledged support. It is he, and not the obedient subject, who experiences the burden of his action.
That piece continues to stand out to me, so I feel compelled to post it here.
Milgram’s experiments went a long way in demonstrating how hard it can be for an individual to break away and buck back against perceived authority as well as the acquiescence of his/her peers. It’s not easy, and I do believe this can leave some people doubting themselves and their actions for a lifetime despite having done the right thing. Kinda funny how that works…