Civil DisobedienceSubmitted by NewPatriot on Wed, 09/10/2008 - 15:21
It appears to me, many of us think we know and understand what civil disobedience is, but truly do not know or understand how to conduct ourselves in such a manor. This is incredibly evident by the tone and nature of how this site has be riddled in flame wars, negativity, and nasty messages over the past weeks. Of course, some of it may stem from years of rage and frustration, but this is precisely why it is even more important than ever to conduct ourselves in a "civil" manor.
Mahatma Gandhi outline 9 rules to follow when practicing civil disobedience. Not all apply here on the forums, but I do believe some do:
* A civil resistor will harbor no anger
* A civil resistor will suffer the anger of the opponent
* In doing so, a civil resistor will put up with assaults from the opponent, never retaliate; but will not submit, out of fear of punishment or the like, to any order given in anger
* A civil resistor will never retaliate, including swearing and cursing
* A civil resistor will never insult his opponent
There are more and can be read at Wikipedia:
This movement has made great strides over the past year, but lately (and especially today) it seems to be fragmenting from inward squabbling. If we let ourselves be fooled and not stick to principles laid out by example with many before us and Dr. Paul today, then we shall only have ourselves to blame for dissolving.
United we stand - Divided we fall.