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These are the words of a predator speaking to his hostages:

If you don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear.

Understand this clearly: these are the words of a predator speaking to his hostages.

As you sit, his gun pointed at your chest, he says, “As long as you keep the rules, I won’t shoot.” This phrase is intended to hold you in that position, under the complete control of the gunman.

The trick of this evil phrase is that it takes the first position – with you as a hostage – as a given; as an assumed starting point. The phrase allows no possibility of you existing without a gun pointed at you.

Your captor says, “Don’t transgress me and I won’t kill you.” But all the while he maintains that it is righteous for him to keep you in permanent fear of the SWAT team breaking down your door at 3 am and sticking their automatic weapons in your face.

But, of course, it’s never “terror” when they do it, and you can be sure that, after you’re taken in, their friends at the TV stations will call you “suspected terrorists.”

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Very good point...

The government (government supporter) says:

"Don't worry. As long as you don't cross the government, you have nothing to worry about."

Just turn the tables and tell

Just turn the tables and tell the cops that the next time you get shit for filming them...

Wait, that actually leads you pretty quick to the second phrase you listed:

“As long as you keep the rules, I won’t shoot.”

We all share this eternally evolving present moment- The past and future only exist as inconsequential mental fabrications.