I’m thinking about Rosa Parks. I’m thinking about Gandhi. I’m thinking about that man who stood in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square.
That is how I want to live my life. When I know I am right, I follow my principles to the extreme. I don’t care about who I am “offending” on the opposing side. I typically don’t even care about who, on “my side,” is telling me to call it quits, to back off, etc. I am not going to be wishy washy when it comes to corruption or issues that threaten my freedoms.
This is how you win. This is how you make a name for yourself and what you consider “good” or “how things should be.” If you let these “foul creatures” of corruption and tyranny walk all over you and you allow it — who are you? You’re part of the system, you’re one of of them, and you’re condoning their plan.
Luckily, I know a lot of people like me around the world, attempting to change things for the better, but too many are not doing all they can — they claim to be part of the movement, but they back off at the first signs of altercation (non-violent, even)! When I was a minarchist, I called them “sunshine patriots” (Thomas Paine), but now, I don’t even consider them on the same level as me. They’re the people that watch the cops beat up the innocent, remark on the “horrors” and go back to playing video games or watching TV.
It’s tough being the only one like this in any given group — it will inevitably lead the group to failure — with one person fighting and fighting for said principles and the rest of the group backing off and telling them to “knock it off.” I am in a bit of a situation like this now, which is why I mention it. The individual mentality does not work on this level, because while I am only one person, I am fighting in the name of the organization and its image is that of mine. When you’re the only person pushing for this group’s success in the first place, it seems hypocritical to be told to stop the fight by other “leaders,” but that seems to be how it is working. If there was an impeachment, the group may stop functioning entirely, for example. At this point, I have a choice to make — stop fighting or leave the group. I don’t want to either of these, and like I said, I know I am right, so I will keep fighting.
Here are some examples of what others have done by sticking to their principles on similar matters: