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Old 11-22-2006, 01:29 PM   #1
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Default Oppression Defined

What is oppression?

According to Merriam Webster:

1 : unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power
2 : a sense of being weighed down in body or mind

Investigating further:
- no man has authority over another man, and therefore has no more 'power' than another man
- from this, we can see that everybody has the ability to oppress other people or things
- this happens when you attempt to control a person/thing and seek to use it without any consideration for the person/thing you are trying to control


Let's reduce it to its most basic form:

Oppression is any act by one body which causes unnecessary movement of or energy expended in another body, without taking well-being of the other body into consideration.



Thus:
Production which exhausts the resources of the planet are a sign of oppression
Phoning peoples house and trying to sell them life insurance is a sign of oppression
Annoying the fuck out of people for no reason other than boredom is a sign of oppression

Most (if not all) children are raised in oppressive circumstances.
A society that has rules of conduct which have no practical application (ie. removing hats) is oppressive

Any type of threat is oppressive

Written laws can be oppressive



Is there any other angles to take into consideration about this?

What are the mechanisms in your life that are unnecessarily pressuring you?


Strangely enough, it seems that posting on the internet is one of the only forms of communication that are completely non-oppressive due to the fact that people can choose when they receive communication, and when they respond.

There is no feeling of obligation, and I am not in front of you spitting all this nonsense in your face.
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Old 11-22-2006, 04:16 PM   #2
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What is oppression?

According to Merriam Webster:

1 : unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power
2 : a sense of being weighed down in body or mind

Investigating further:
- no man has authority over another man, and therefore has no more 'power' than another man
power and authority are similar but there is an important difference:
"Power" refers to the ability to achieve certain ends, 'authority' refers to the legitimacy, justification and right to exercise that power. The key is "unjust or cruel"


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- from this, we can see that everybody has the ability to oppress other people or things
- this happens when you attempt to control a person/thing and seek to use it without any consideration for the person/thing you are trying to control


Let's reduce it to its most basic form:

Oppression is any act by one body which causes unnecessary movement of or energy expended in another body, without taking well-being of the other body into consideration.



Thus:
Production which exhausts the resources of the planet are a sign of oppression
Phoning peoples house and trying to sell them life insurance is a sign of oppression
but this depends on the good-will of your own action doesn't it?

"unnecessary movement" ought to be upheld by "unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power", thus if you are acting in good-will, is the "basic form" of "oppression" limited?


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Annoying the fuck out of people for no reason other than boredom is a sign of oppression
subject surely if the people annoying you are abusing authority or exercising unjust and cruel powers over you. After all the emplyees may be annoying the employer. Who holds the true hand of power in that relationship?



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Most (if not all) children are raised in oppressive circumstances.
A society that has rules of conduct which have no practical application (ie. removing hats) is oppressive

Any type of threat is oppressive

Written laws can be oppressive



Is there any other angles to take into consideration about this?

What are the mechanisms in your life that are unnecessarily pressuring you?


Strangely enough, it seems that posting on the internet is one of the only forms of communication that are completely non-oppressive due to the fact that people can choose when they receive communication, and when they respond.

There is no feeling of obligation, and I am not in front of you spitting all this nonsense in your face.

damn good post and very thought provoking!

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