The Devils Advocacy Pitch

500px-deslc3b6schteufelsgroc39fmutter3-svgAs promised in an earlier post entitled “After Deception,” here is my strategy for handling the oppressor. It is an offensive stance as opposed to a defensive one because the use of force is the only currency they use. The first thing you must realize and accept before you attempt any interaction with oppressive people: their motto is “kill or be killed.” To engage in battle with them is to enlist yourself in a long, tedious, war where every possible dirty tactic will be used against you day or night. If you are willing to devote yourself to months of fighting that will likely result in some personal losses, read on about The Devil’s Advocacy Pitch.

Preparation

Don’t go into battle unprepared. Your decisions will affect everybody in your social network, and some of those people will be attacked by your opponent and his/her posse. You will be made to appear as the irrational one for the purpose of isolating you from anyone who might be supportive of your efforts. You will lose people who are not invested in your cause. Prepare yourself for the negative emotional effects of the fallout. Have a self-care plan that includes knowing when to withdraw for rest and how to avoid obsessing over situations.

Encryption

You’ve probably heard the term, “shock and awe” before. It is an oppressor’s favorite strategy – clobber the enemy in a spectacular manner before they even know what hit ’em. We have a tool as well, and it’s called “the preemptive strike.” It works best when delivered without warning and in a manner that is almost non-threatening in the eyes of witnesses. Think of it as a quick cuff on the head of your opponent while everyone else is looking in the other direction. He explodes with rage while you remain cool, calm and composed insisting he must have been mistaken.

Application

Your strike should be delivered as quickly as possible and within a controlled environment. Keep your emotions in check by focusing on the objective. You can analyze later. Just do what you need to do and go about your normal routine. Watch how fast people tell him he’s overreacting and that he should let it go. This will infuriate him more. His indignity will translate into crazymaking, shedding him of valuable allies, exhausting him for weeks, and costing him the upper hand that he is so accustomed to.

He will recover and strike back hard. Be flexible but unbreakable. Accept that you must remain steadfast in the long hall. Resistance will become a daily chore, but it should not be given any additional weight than other unpleasant tasks. This will keep you psychologically fit. Your oppressor will grow bored at times, but he will make sure to let you know he has not given up. Most importantly, he will have become a slave to his own inability to let go of a battle where he does not have the upper hand. He feels like he is the victim, and the injustice of it all will be maddening to him.

Resistance will become a daily chore, but it should not be given any additional weight than other unpleasant tasks. This will keep you psychologically fit. Your oppressor will grow bored at times, but he will make sure to let you know he has not given up. Most importantly, he will have become a slave to his own inability to let go of a battle where he does not have the upper hand. He feels like he is the victim, and the injustice of it all will be maddening to him. You have won and he knows it.

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