Friday, April 01, 2005

A different idea

Rieben said in a comment here...

"My preference, as well, is to ignore the system
rather than engage it, defensively. But I think
that is delusional (and also part of the
conditioning of the collective)."

Remembering that if you fight something you make
it stronger (Lao Tze)...

Go with your guts. I have, and I still think this is
good advice:

Etienne de la Boetie 1553 France

"There are [four] kinds of tyrants: some receive
their proud position through elections by the
people, others by force of arms, others by
inheritance, [others by 'divine right']. Although
the means of coming into power differ, still the
method of ruling is practically the same. The
tyrant has nothing more than the power you confer
upon him to destroy you. How does he have any
power over you except through you? Tyrants need
only be deprived of the public's continuing
supply of funds and resources. Resolve to serve
no more! and you are at once free. I do not ask
that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple
him over, but simply that you support him no
longer. Then you will behold him, like a great
Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away,
fall of his own weight and break in pieces."

Some o' these fureners sure had some weird ideas,
din't they.