Acts of Defiance, Defying Authority: Symbols of Resistance, Tiny Rebellion in Name of Change…

Epic acts of defiance– it’s the harmless, mostly subtle acts that push back against– jerk-itude, mundanity, unfairness that are encountered on a daily basis in business, government, and within the social structure in general… It’s stirring the pot and making life more interesting, more uncomfortable, more debatable…

It’s doing something small and rebellious, a symbolic gesture to counteract what is believed to be– unfair, unjust, discriminatory… It’s the every day defiance of– standing-up when the ‘powers that be’ order you to sit-down, or sit-down when the ‘powers that be’ order you to stand-up… It happens when someone or group openly flouts or challenges authority…

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We owe this lovely descriptive term to the French– specifically to the Old French word defier, which means to defy… An act of defiance is essentially an act of not trusting… it’s daring, or bold resistance, or opposing force, or open disregard, or contempt for authority… It’s a tiny rebellions of everyday acts of defiance…

According to Kottak; celebrate defiance in all its raw, subversive glory– from acts of quiet dissent and open rebellion, to people who defy conventions and prove that there are endless ways to live life… These are people who are renegades hell-bent on change ‘something’, and who are not afraid to step out-of-line…

In the article Revolutionary Acts of Courage by Ordinary People by Robyn Johnson  writes: When looking back through the mystique of history, we tend to impose super-human status to those who stood up for beliefs in a revolutionary way… For some of them, the decision to act was conscious defiance to the status-quo; for others, they were simply in the right place at the wrong time, and found themselves acting on behalf of others lacking the courage to speak out… You should rightly remember these people, but you should also remember that they were (or are) ordinary human beings who made a choice…

And just like them, you have the opportunity to choose to engage in creating a better world. In short, you can be revolutionary too… According to Mary Reilly; there are three types of people in terms of personalities: pleasers, secretive, defiant… Obviously, everyone has some of each of these traits, but almost everyone can be pretty clearly categorized into one of them as being the dominant personality type. Defiant people will often times, be defiant just because they are difficult, they don’t want to be told what to do… Other people are defiant of authority because they have issues with authority…

In the article Theory of Disruptive Power by Mark Engler and Paul Engler writes: Mostly the work of institutional change is a slow process. It involves patiently building movement, cultivating leadership, organizing campaigns, leveraging power to secure small gains… If you want to see your efforts produce results, it helps to have a long-term commitment… And yet, sometimes things move more quickly. Every once in a while you see outbreaks of mass protest, periods of peak activity when the accepted rules of an institution seem to be suspended…

These are extraordinary moments when ordinary people– rise-up in anger and hope, defy the rules that ordinarily govern their lives, and by doing so disrupt the workings of an institution and the impact can be profound. According  to Piven and Cloward; the lasting legacy of a ‘defiant movement’ provides a counter-balance to traditional ideas, and opens doors for more inventive approaches to the perceived– injustice, discrimination, unfairness…

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In the article Between Defiance and Deviance by glock writes: What is the difference between breaking the law because it gives a person a ‘natural high’, and breaking the law to call attention to the wrongs of it? What makes one ‘cool’ and the other simply a statement? What differentiates between a righteous act of defiance and a simple act of self-gratification without caring for the law or without consideration for the interests of other people?  

A woman who refuses to give up her seat on the bus, because she feels it’s– inherently wrong, morally unjust, and uncivil in the society in which she lives, commits an act of defiance? And by breaking the law, she hopes to call attention to it because it’s wrong, and through her action she hopes the law is changed…

However, if you are smoking weed because it makes you feel good that is fine; but it’s not really making a statement– it’s not so much a defiance as simply gratifying oneself in a rebellious manner because it makes them feel good… Also, if you prefer not to wear a seat belt because you don’t like government to tell you what you should or should not do… So it may be just that you have an insatiable need to show disgust for ‘any’ form of authority… Its not about being ‘cool’ at all; it’s about the natural high you get from the defiance…

In the article The Virtue of Defiance by Dan Sanchez writes: What society needs is not less but more opposition and defiance– Indeed, defiance is virtue… Defiance is disobedience, as in tradition of Henry David Thoreau, who defied his government’s demand for taxes, so as not to fund an immoral war… Grand gestures and movements of civil disobedience can marshal great public support for righteous causes, and thus induce government to back-down… Defiance can also be an economic disobedience, in tradition of John Hancock, who defied his government by flouting its import duties and smuggling commodity goods into the country…

Such evasion has throughout history forced governments to allay and even abolish prohibitions and exactions, lest their precious laws become a mockery… Defiance is also disobedience in the sense of the disobedience of the whistle-blower… Defiance is also righteous resistance, in tradition of some aspects of the American Revolution and Whiskey Rebellion, the latter in spite of common misconception, was actually hugely successful... Defiance means the right to resist unjust arrest, expropriation…

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Defiance is a steady advance of a ‘red line’ of potential resistance which is the only way to peacefully achieve– fairness, equality, justice... Defiance is not a disorder or even a vice, but a virtue and a necessary one for achievement and defense of justice and fairness… The first step any emancipation is to embrace the grandness of ‘defiance’.

According to Piero Bocchiaro, Adriano Zamperini; conformism and obedience are basic elements in culture and; defiance, nonconformity, disobedience, whistle-blowing… are vital for progress…