Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Courage to Disobey

What happens when the present paradigm and power structure no longer makes sense?

What happens when laws become so complex and full of special exceptions and loopholes and ambiguous language that they can be interpreted however anybody decides to, providing they can afford a lawyer to argue their point of view?

What happens to everybody else?

What happens when laws meant to protect us wind up creating a police state and a crackdown on individual freedoms?

Civil disobedience. You show your actual respect for the rule of law by refusing to follow those that make no sense.

A caveat: civil disobedience NEVER includes harming another person's body or property. Civil disobedience is a peaceful method of protest. Anything else turns you into one of the entities you are protesting against. You do not fight fire with fire. You fight fire with dignity, integrity, and love.

It take courage to stick your neck out. But, sometimes it is necessary.




2 comments:

lori hahn said...

"What happens when laws become so complex and full of special exceptions and loopholes and ambiguous language that they can be interpreted however anybody decides to," - sounds like the Bible

Joyce said...

I think the problem with the Bible is that there were over 60 different authors, all human beings and necessarily products of the time periods in which they lived, and it was composed over the course of several thousand years.... so naturally it is bound to be contradictory at times, and even the presentation of God drastically changes between the Old and New Testaments. The Bible can be an extraordinary piece of literature and offers much that's inspirational (eg, "there is neither Jew nor Greek, free nor slave, male nor female; for you are all one in Jesus Christ" is a good one)... but the problem arises when people pick and choose which verses they want to wave at the rest of the world in order to support the oppression of others. In my own opinion, the Bible has to understood in context, and many Christians do, seeing in Jesus a great liberator and champion of social justice. Unfortunately, there are also many fundamentalist literalists who are more stuck on insisting that "God Hates Fags" and that kind of nonsense. You'd probably like liberation theology, Lori.