Okay, so think of the Starship Enterprise. In such tight living quarters in the vastness of space, each person is dependent on the others for survival. There's the captain, the first officers, the second officers, the majors and the lieutenants in charge of each department. When the captain gives an order, all must obey, but, down the line of command to the lowest-ranked person, each job or task is outlined and followed for the good of the rest of the crew. Order controls and prevents chaos on such a small ship in the vastness of space with limited resources. The intention of this scripture was to assign order to chaotic society. These were people who did as they pleased, where their society was chaotic in terms of immorality, absence of sanitation including personal body sanitation, and diseases were rampant. They ate whatever they chose and died of dysentery. This scripture was written in an attempt to recoup order, household discipline and self-discipline. When people learn to discipline themselves, they learn to then cooperate with each other and establish order out of chaos. Think of it this way - if 1 million absent fathers truly took upon themselves the responsibility of the child they created, instead of abandoning the child for a single mother to raise alone, there would be a huge difference in our society right away. Yes, you are correct, "submission" is not the best word. So let's change the word to "Cooperation". .... "Wives, cooperate with your husbands. Slaves, cooperate with your masters. Children, cooperate with your parents." Because that was the real intention, to establish order through cooperation instead of chaos through constant fighting and lack of cooperation. Try changing that one word to "Cooperate" and think through it again.