I generally do not engage in debate on Fetlife. I find it counter-productive to try to change a mind that is already made up.. Nor am I likely to change my mind. I do believe in being prepared to change my mind if a fact I have not previously considered comes up, but usually I try to consider all angles before I open my mouth.
Don’t allow appearing to have been wrong, to get in the way of actually being right. ~ Xtac Quote
The above link leads to the below comment. I saw a friend comment on this page and really wanted to weigh in on the whole rioting, burning looting thing.
I believe in aggressive, non-violent, confrontation. That is NOT the same as being a pacifist.
In the long game I think you do more for your cause with this strategy that being a pacifist or turning to violence.
The only exception to this value is when a belief system systematically sets out to exterminate or enslave another group.
On a side note: I find it hard to believe the local citizens want what is happening to their community. Makes me wonder if the violence wasn’t brought in rather than spontaneous. I’m sure protests were spontaneous. Maybe the police station too. But burning and looting fellow citizens? Doesnt sound like something you do to your own.
Who goes to their local butcher, Baker, corner store and burns them down out of anger and frustration at someone else?. Dont you turn that anger on your oppressor if you are going to use violence at all?
Who sees someone they dont like, then punches the person next to them – a total innocent?
Aggressive, organized, confrontational, non-violence freed an entire country. It can work here.
I later thought about how this applies to BDSM
In BDSM I have often said that a DOM who acts in anger is no DOM at all. When a Dominant finds themselves ready to act in anger that is exactly the time to walk away, develop a cooler head, and then plan a strategy that works to the long term advantage of all parties involved. A Dominant MUST develop this skill to be a true Dominant A submissive who finds themselves in service to a Dominant who can’t control their anger should get out of that relationship immediately. Anger and frustration are great motivators but lousy strategist. If you want to defeat an opponent.. make them angry. A person who is angry is off-balance and more easily defeated.
I don’t really want to debate this whole thing. Many people have their opinions and I have mine and two of my core-value beliefs will shape what I think.. 1) When you get angry you loose any advantage and slip into making mistakes and poor choices. 2) Aggressive, cool headed, non-violent, confrontation is the way to get things done.
When my slave pisses me off, and my control goes up, and I speak in firm soft tones is exactly the time she should really start to be concerned.
Carpe Diem my friends. Be someone’s great day! Stay safe. And if you are going to burn and loot do it at a safe distance while wearing a mask!