Resist to the end.

I have come to understand that resistance is futile, but I will continue to resist anyways. That is all I, you, and everyone else can do. Resist to the end. Always be defiant of authority, at least you could say you died with your honor intact.

Don’t go out with a whimper, go out with a bang. When the Jews following Simon bar Khokba during his infamous revolt, they knew that the end was coming, but rather surrender and live in slavery, they died free, killing themselves down to a man. When the Romans finally breached the walls, they only found a terrified woman and child hiding amongst the bodies.

They were so shocked they pardoned the woman and child on the spot. Hannibal’s final words were thusly:

Let us ease the Roman people of their continual care, who think it long to await the death of an old man.

Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita, Book XXXIX, 51

He committed suicide shortly thereafter.

How many revolutions ended in failure? How many were successful? How can we even define “success” and “failure?” How can we define what “works” and what “doesn’t work?” The only thing that stays the same is the fact that entropy increases, change and impermanence are facts of life.

The French Revolution ended with a tyrant taking the throne, the Russian Revolution ended with the rise of the party bureaucracy, and the victory of the Bolsheviks, who were anything but liberatory. The American Revolution, much vaunted here in the States, only resulted in one’s oppressors being closer to home, rather than far away across “the Pond.”The only successful revolution I can think of is the Haitian Revolution, and you only have to look at how Haiti has been kicked around by international powers for so long to see how that went.

Resistance is futile, resist anyway. Circumspice.