The difference between a criminal and an outlaw is that while criminals are frequently victims, outlaws never are.
Indeed, the first step towards becoming a true outlaw is the refusal to be victimised. All people who live subject to other people’s laws are victims. People who break laws out of greed, frustration or vengeance are victims. People who overturn laws in order to replace them with their own laws are victims.
We outlaws, however, live beyond the law. We don’t merely live beyond the letter of the law – many businessmen, most politicians, and all cops do that - we live beyond the spirit of the law.
In a sense then, we live beyond society. We have a common goal, that goal is to turn the tables on the nature of society.
When we succeed, we raise the exhilaration content of the universe.
We even raise it a little bit when we fail.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
From Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins:
Posted by merrick at 14:09