My mom gave me a rule the other day about my upcoming one week vacation: not to do any work. To just rest, relax, and enjoy myself. This is very hard for me, but I am going to obey her. I like being told what to do sometimes. I especially like it when my mom tells me what to do because she never does, unsolicited. And maybe because she’s the only person I really trust.
The etymology of “obey” is:
late 13c., from Old French obeir “obey, be obedient, do one’s duty” (12c.), from Latin obedire, oboedire “obey, be subject, serve; pay attention to, give ear.”
One’s duty is also to listen (and not do one’s self-assigned duty sometimes).
The current project I am working on/not working on, after all, is about the ontology of listening; about “giving ear.”