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  •  In the culture of obedience, the disobedient are (7+ / 0-)

    a rebuke to those who obey without question. The disobedient challenge the assumption that obedience is a virtue.
    Remember the marital promise, "to love, honor and obey?" If a promise has to be exacted in public, then it is no longer voluntary and when it is coerced, obedience is not a virtue.
    It's the same principle that applies to reproduction. If an individual volunteers to undergo a potentially lethal process to reproduce, then that's both laudable and deserving of care. Coerced reproduction, on the other hand, is a crime, regardless of whether the coercion occurs before or after impregnation. Moreover, consent, overt or implied, is not the same as voluntary action. There's a difference between self-direction and response.
    The surrender of will is not virtue. The demand for obedience is the essence of abuse because to exact obedience is to make unfree.

    The slave, to remain a slave, must be made sensible, that there is no appeal from his master; that his power is no instance usurped; but is confirmed by the laws of man at least, if not the law of God. Judge Ruffin of North Carolina, 1829
    Equality does not tamp down the impulse to rule. It is/was a mistake to think that it does. If one population cannot be coerced with impunity, then others must/will be found. It is possible for 99% to be abused, especially under the rule of law. The rule of law is particularly hard to stop because it has no head to be offed. Flesh and blood tyrants are much easier to deal with.
    Suicide is the ultimate rebuke to a society which claims the right to decide who lives and dies and when.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 11:28:45 PM PST

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