Freedom is a pursuit
Freedom is a pursuit, or process, not a thing-like entitlement granted by an external agency. There is no right to deviate. Rather, there is the freedom to deviate and one must continuously curate this freedom, as a pursuit. Deviation is a process of actively and continuously living freely in an unfree world.
Non-opposition is a form of resistance to, or circumvention of an authority, whose fundamental methodology is based on defining a new terrain of “conflict.” It rejects the grounding logic of an existing regime, not as something invalid or nonexistent, but as a logic that does not apply to the non-opposing group or individual. Non-opposition is a process of defining and implementing new procedural logics within a space already held by an existing regime. It is imperative to the act of deviating, straying from the norm and thereby refusing to reinforce the governing power one is deviating both from and within. Although they take place within the terrain of a governing power Deviation is a method of ignoring the procedural logics of that governing power. Non-opposition is therefore a means for living as an outsider to the inside. It is the very essence of Deviation — moving forward without moving against. Rebels go against. Deviants go through.
Deviation is nonviolent. Aside from externalized risks inherent to everyday activities, such as driving busy roads, deviations involving risky behavior must contain those additional risks to the deviant(s) involved. Respect for the property of others is a form of nonviolence as well. Violent actions against the property of another person — physical, mental, or spiritual — is an expression of violence against that person. While there may be real time situations in which violence, theft, or property damage are necessary, maybe even noble actions, those situations go to an extreme beyond the scope of Deviation.
Honesty and Truthfulness
In order to maintain Deviation as a positive pursuit one must possess both honesty — the quality of being honest or sincere — and truthfulness — the fact of being realistic or true to life. Deviants must be able to accurately acknowledge both the positives and negatives internal to systems, forms of governance, or individual merits and actions — yours and others. It is the ability to honestly and truthfully assess ourselves, our place in the world, and the current conditions in the world, in order to then act accordingly and spontaneously. Honesty and truthfulness are also necessary for conducting productive critiques — stating the negatives with the aim of promoting the evolutionary process of going through not against. Honesty, as the first quality of this principle, intentionally separates the universal demands of truth from the situational demands of being honest about one’s own truth. Honesty is therefore secondary to the requirement to stay true to higher values than those enforced by law or social custom.
Deviants must accept responsibility for any repercussions that arise from their own actions. Precisely because deviants live by a higher ethic — and they express that higher ethic through Deviation — all deviants must be willing to pay the price of ignoring laws, rules, or conventions, particularly those defined by lower conceptions of right and wrong or acceptable and unacceptable.