The System: Working in or out.
To compromise on the most fundamental idea that is morality, to reject unwarranted interventions between sentient creatures as the ultimate gesture of respect for each others' only right, that to life...
...is nothing short of failure to defend your own position fully by accepting the logic of that opponent which seeks to win by a thousand paper cuts of compromise to your philosophy.
By participating in the system to affect change is to not only succumb to the demise of your right to life, your right to liberty, it is also to encourage such cuts by saying this with your actions:
In order to protect my liberty I must give it away to those who would threaten me by voting and further violating the rights to life and such fruits it may bear for others in order to protect myself indirectly from the very individuals who will carry out the whims of my ballot; or by being elected to rule over others to direct those to carry out the ballots of others in order to affect change while justifying the system of hurting others for their own good, even for a short time.
Instead of recognizing such a system which thrives off the individual's choosing to compromise their own values in the face of fear, duress, and coercion which alters their ability to reason, we should be rejecting the system. We should be rejecting unwarranted acts of violence, coercion, and unnecessary duress between our sentient hands; but how that is done without seeing droves of us persecuted is a difficult task. It involves the sentiment behind Samuel Clemens remarks concerning change.
“In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.”
No one wishes to be among the first casualties of such a cause, let alone a casualty at all. It is here why the persistent and ever vigilant determination of the intellectually free mind must continue to engage at every opportunity possible with those who support, are apathetic, or too timid concerning the status quo of government existence without 100% respect for consent to being governed.
So in the end if you want to affect a change and not be found guilty of hypocrisy, then you must be the example of change that you wish to see in the world for others to learn from and emulate. It is not an easy path to walk. It requires a tremendous amount of patients and the continual reminder of lessons pertaining to that virtue.
It is why I am reminded of these words by Robert Edward Lee:
“My experience of men has neither disposed me to think worse of them nor indisposed me to serve them; nor, in spite of the failures which I lament, of errors which I now see and acknowledge, or of the present aspect of affairs, do I despair of the future. The truth is this: The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.”
Patients is important and much be obtained. We become far too hasty in judging which actions are necessary without considering enough of the possibilities such haste may present. This isn’t to suggest we do nothing or let things run their course.
Absolutely not! We must teach others. One word. One mind. One generation at a time.
The current aspect of affairs did not arrive as it was presented to us over night and it will not be course corrected in such a time frame either. So what do we do?
We first must understand the basis of our liberty and morality. You can do these things by reading my eBooks, Liberty Defined and Morality Defined. From there we can begin the dismantling process of tyranny by teaching others the foundations of liberty and morality. How well we do this will be shown in how effective our revolution is in relation to the amount of violence required to defend ourselves against our oppressors.