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PROBE 1 point ago +1 / -0

We're in a war right now. I don't know how else to explain it to you. Every person that bends the knee is another victory for them, another lose for us, and puts everyone in even more danger. It makes it harder on the next person to fight back.

Arm yourself with knowledge.

Make sure you understand these subject like you've never understood anything else in your life. Make sure it's accurate and factual. Make sure you haven't let any biases sneak in and cause you to believe falsehoods. They will use any slipups to tear down everything you have said up to that point. Don't allow them to if you make an honest mistake. Don't apologize, don't shrink back. Just discard that bad information and update yourself with more accurate information. Keep pressing on all other issues. Better to avoid such mistakes if you can, but if made, do that.

Gird yourself with the armor of your principles.

Make sure you understand your principles down to the very foundation and use them as your bedrock. Think long and hard about the implications and the inevitability of what comes from abandoning principles and accepting the path of least resistance. Understand that there are worse things in this world than to be uncomfortable or hungry. There are worse things in this existence then to merely die. There are many, many things worse than a person not liking you because you disagree with them. Surrender not your principles because of any fears of these things.

But also look at what is available to you. There is no shortage of companies desperately looking for workers. There is no shortage of people in better-run states willing to support each other. There is no shortage of information on how to make yourself self-sustainable. No situation is hopeless where you are still able to maneuver and reposition.

Knowledge and Principle. The combination of these two things will make you a sword and a shield in the war against tyrants and the endless night they want to implement.

Donttreadonme16 2 points ago +2 / -0

I don’t really disagree with anything you just said. Some of it was fantastic advice that I tell people all the time myself.

But I’m still very interested in the answer to the question I asked you.

PROBE 1 point ago +1 / -0

I'll boil it done. Stand your ground on the issue. If they feel like that hurts their feelings, despite you being nothing but firm in your principles, that's their problem. Don't try to be liked by everyone, try to live by your principles instead. You'll end up with better people around you in the long run.