@thegibson @Anarkat I've said it before, I'll say it again. The only thing dumber than "I'm doing X just because the State told me to" is "I refuse to do X just because the State is telling me to"

You're still abdicating to the will of an unjustified authority. It's either a good idea or it's not.

@calcifer
Wasn't it the late prophet Sir Terry Pratchett who said, through one of his characters, "Look, that's why there's rules, understand? So that you think before you break 'em."
@TheGibson @Anarkat

@omni
That's at least in the spirit, yeah. It's more "don't do something just because it's a rule, but it's worth it to understand the rule and then decide for yourself if it makes sense or not". The State has encoded a lot of good ideas into rules; they don't stop being good ideas just because they became rules.

With a side of "if I can rely on you to do the opposite of what I say, I have exactly the same amount of power over you as if I can rely on you to do what I say"
@thegibson @Anarkat

@thegibson Yesterday i was at my mechanic's place, which is just a couple miles from Idaho, and one of the people who works at the shop comments "isn't it ironic that your vest says "don't comply" but you're wearing a mask anyway?

I give him a bit of a sideways look and just say "I put that on the vest years ago"

It's absurd to me that so many so-called free thinkers think that being independent means rejecting being told what to do by anyone whatsoever, for the sole reason of contrarianism.

Being a simple contrarian means still being easily controlled, but now getting to feel a haughty superiority about it.

@Anarkat @thegibson

Funny that the "free thinkers" are actually doing very little thinking, and just choosing to obey the dumber of two influencers.

We're going to have to have a long hard look at how we've gotten to this level of glorification of stupidity...

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