The Daniel effect

Daniel was a successful and trusted employee of a rich person, the king. But one day his boss the king had the idea to build a statue of himself and demand that everybody should follow a given rite to show reverence to this statue. And Daniel decided, following some unexplainable religious conviction, to refuse to follow that rite. It’s a very stupid thing to do when you have a well-paid job: refuse to assist in some rite that has been installed by your boss.

I guess that Daniel himself had serious hesitations and inner discussions. He knew that refusing would be the end end of his career. I guess that Daniel’s friends advised him to stop being stupid. And still he refused to join that rite. He was resistant to advice.