Resistance Strategies: The Art of Reciprocity
Reciprocity is a relationship in which corresponding actions are reflected proportionally on each side. The Code of Hammurabi, an Eye for an Eye, is a severe example of this sort of relationship. It could be better stated as “What you do unto others shall be done unto you” or “You Reap What You Sow” or as Jesus said: “According to their way I will do to them, and according to their own judgements I will judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.” (Ezekiel 7:27b RSV)
Reciprocity as a resistance strategy is as simple and as elegant as it appears. We treat them exactly as they treat us. No more bowing or scraping or currying for favor. No more bending over to take it “because that’s just how it works” ever again. Reciprocity means that we respond, in kind, with the same level of respect and energy as we are being given. Reciprocity is the logical compliment to The Golden Rule, “Treat others as you would like to be treated,” as the unspoken, “else others will treat you in kind.
Jesus said: “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 KJV) Notice that it is “The Law”…God’s Law…NATURAL LAW. The Golden Rule is a Law, exactly like the laws of Physics…it is how people will eventually react towards your treatment of them. It is a divine edict on how every living creature must behave towards others. It is the beacon on the hill, a brilliant flaming warning for bullies and tyrants that they must treat people with respect, for people will eventually return the favor.
Lead With The Carrot…
We must treat others with the respect that Good Men and Women deserve. As decent Human Beings we are required by personal Honor and respect for Individuality to treat other Human Beings as we ourselves would expect to be treated. It is truly that simple. This is who we are and who we should aspire to become.
Our Integrity is all we truly ever have, therefore Truth must be as a God to us. In our dealings with others we should speak only Truth or nothing at all. People may call me many names but no one can honestly call me a liar. I speak Truth, I worship Truth, I seek Truth Always. When Truth is spoken it cuts through the layers of Deception like a hot knife through butter. There is a certain look to Truth, a certain tone and phrasing. Truth is a shield, for by its very nature Truth can be proven and if you always present Truth…you are immune to the sting of Falsehood’s darts. Truth is a Sword, for Tyrants cannot withstand even the slightest scratch of Truth, as it brings the House of Cards they call “Reality” down around their ears.
The beginning of any interaction with others should begin by presenting our very best and we should hold certain standards as to how we are to be treated. Being Men and Women of Honor, it is our duty to warn Others when they cross that line and encroach upon our Integrity. We must begin to hold others accountable to basic standards. Would you pay Twenty Dollars for Fast-Food and then meekly accept a cold half-filled order, knowing that half of the food you have already paid is sub-standard and the remainder will not be given? Of course not! Why then, do we allow “Public Servants” to abuse, extort, disrespect, and ignore us…when WE are the ones PAYING them to do it? We would not tolerate it at Wal-mart or McDonald’s, so why then tolerate it from people whom WE PAY to do the work of We The People?
…Defend With The Stick
When standards are broken and Respect is not reciprocated, that is when the strategy of Reciprocity comes out to play. Being a Good Man, I warn others before they cross “The Line”, however, once that line has been crossed I respond with the exact level of respect given to me. Reciprocity is not an emotional response, it can Never be emotional, it must always be cold and precise, like a German Surgeon plying his art. It should never be used to instigate a fight, but to defend oneself against bullies and tyrants.
Reciprocity entails a “return the favor” mentality. When the Police pull you over for a non-crime and then treat you like an escaped convict…you are morally obligated to respond in kind, regardless of the possible outcome. We must STAND UP and SPEAK OUT against Tyranny, which means that there may be a heavy-handed response from the Tyrant. However, if one lives a life without conflict, then that life is that of a Slave…taking orders without question, acquiescing to Tyranny, and “Life” becomes a parody of the glorious reality that Life truly is.
What we should do and what the system and society tell us we are “expected to do” are sometimes completely different actions. You are supposed to bow down before Political Royalty and snivel and plead to exercise the Natural Rights you already have in your possession. This is the “expected” behavior of the lowly American Citizen. You are not supposed to hold our elected Public Servants accountable for their actions or demand that they do their jobs…that is “extremist” and “dangerous” behavior. Why? Because our Public Servants have hijacked government and transformed it into a system of absolute domination.
The attitude of Government is that EVERYONE is a criminal and should be treated as thusly. The fact that those whom we elect to office hold such attitudes means that it is THEY who are the criminals, not us. Government could outlaw the act of Breathing, a Natural Right, making it Illegal, but drawing breath could never be made criminal. It is a requirement for biological life, it directly descends from the Natural Right to Life. England has made self-defense illegal, yet who among us would consider a woman fighting off a rapist as the criminal?
Reciprocity And Resistance
The first step to resist Tyranny is to Stand Your Ground and say “No More!” Tyrants do what they do because people are too involved in their own selfish endeavors to give over without complaint. People are awed by the fearsome size and perceived power of Government. However, if the Tyrant knows that resistance is inevitable, then they will be forced to change their plans or steamroll the resistance and thereby display their True Colors to every American to see.
Reciprocity is a spanner in the works of the Tyranny machine. When enough people resist, when We The People stand up and speak out, then precious resources of Time, Money, and Political Favors must be expended to overpower or circumvent that resistance. The mere fact that a few people will refuse to cow to the God of Government and Stand Firm against their criminal actions, that a few will respond with the same energy, attitude, and respect as they give us…it WILL change things because it always does.
Stand Up, Speak Out, and Talk Hard!