and it inspired me to attempt to get together my thoughts on simple, yet effective means of activism.
I've been meaning for quite awhile to create a pamphlet/ tri-fold flyer that simply presents some really basic ideas and questions that seem to escape many activists. The idea came to me when i realized that it's difficult to get many of these simple things across to activists on the street.
Here in Chicago there is an army of summer workers seeking to persuade people to give them their money for their cause. Greenpeace, PIRG, and the Democratic National Committee being the main 3 i see most often.
Being that i walk home, i will sometimes be acosted by up to three packs of them a day.
The difficulty is in relaying to them that i understand what they are trying to do & that i applaud them for it, but that in reality, their mode of operations/tactics aren't really that effective.
Sure they do get some things done, but they keep fighting a losing battle. Why losing? because they are fighting. They do not ask themselves if their tactics are effective. Instead, there is a tendency to think & talk about things instead of there being direct action. It's about getting money to pay someone else to do what needs to be done instead of going & tackling the problem yourself.
One of the best resources I've come across when it comes to problem solving & the ideas of implementing it on a broad & effective scale is R. Buckminster Fuller. I mean , the guy was a genius! Thing is, he based his effective adult life on one premise that proved itself to him in actuality. Whenever he did things with the intention of bettering his own or his family's situation,the venture would inevitably fail, causing harm to those around him & himself. When he decided to live a life of service, with the intention of betting things for the world at large, he was amazingly successful & effective.
It really is as simple as this:(i.e.) instead of complaining that there is litter around & waiting for someone else to clean it up, pick it up yourself.
If you see a problem that you feel you have a solution to, implement that solution or try to find someone else who can if you are not able to.
It's about reclaiming the world. It's all of our birthright.
as a collective, we summon up the visions which create the reality in which we reside. When we do not claim that right, we allow others to take charge of our lives & determine not only the fate of our lives & the types of choices we have available, but we pass that on to the future generations as well.
The 1900's seemed to be about an emotional awakening. as we passed through the century, each successive generation grasped their emotional and intellectual responsibilities a little bit more. It took a long time for the American psyche to shake off the insanity of the World Wars, and that generation hasn't begun to leave it's children alone yet to form their own way of doing things. Instead they seek to impose their own belief systems on youth using truly draconian & underhanded (yet usually subconsciously created) means.
Something important for the older generations to ponder: If you are wiser that your children & their children, then we are devolving - getting weaker & stupider. The next generation is ALWAYS more capable than the last.
I think one great big misconception that occured at the end of last century was that the younger generations had no ethics: work or otherwise.(think especially the so called gen-x and gen-y)
This just shows how completely brainwashed the older generations are.
Here's how i see it.
A generation finally arose that had the majority of it's childhood free from war (except for the psych ops program called the "cold war"). Older generations tend to get self righteous about having suffered. sorry, but it does not make you a better person or have more right to anything. there are infinite ways to suffer & infinite ways of joy. the point is moot. the truth is that the post war generation & their parents as well have for the most part completely shirked their responsibilities towards their own emotional problems & any type fo inner work & are trying to pass on their mental & emotional illnes to their children through the implementation of regressive policies in government, education, physical & mental health, etc.
Don't believe it? then i ask you why is it that so many people need to be medicated in order to be even remotely close to what is sold to us as "healthy" or "in balance"?
the problem is not you. the problem is our way of life. not the law, not religion, not the media. I'm talking the whole shabang.
the problem is not that children have ADD or whatever they feel like calling it these days, it's that the educational system is completely out of synch with reality & the learning capabilities of today's youth. The problem is not that these children are out of control, but that they see straight through their parent's bullshit lies about how to live a happy life (believe me, they can tell that their parents have followed false dreams of happiness & success), and they utterly REFUSE to follow in their footsteps. They are one of the very first generataions to say "NO" in a way that could change the face of civilization if the adults listened & learned. Instead, they are fed full of behavior modification drugs, told that they have something wrong with them, and are cursed to live a life negatively altered by their body chemistry being altered & brain patterns being chemically changed. "Don't spank 'em, drug 'em" so to speak.
There is ample evidence coming to light that the use of B.M. drugs such as ritalin, prozac, etc. are having major negative effects, leaving people unable to cope with emotions, especially anger & frustration, and even leaving these individuals walking around in a semi hypnotized state due to the chemicals & hormones that regulate sleep being out of whack. Some believe that this is one of the main causes of viloent outbursts in add/hdd kids. They have for the most part lost the ability to distiguish between the waking & dream states.
Civilization as we live it, based on survival of the fittest (instead of survival of the symbiotic),that we are basically flawed & evil (thank you monotheism),work ethic (a protestant & religious ethic which has been modernly mistaken as a secular idea that is a "given"), property rights, freedom to do as one pleases regardless of how it negatively inpacts others (and not just humans), the abstract concept of fiat lending (lending what does not exist & demanding interest on it)and the worship of economy. According to Bucky Fuller, something like 80% of the work force uses more resource than they produce. tehse are jobs like office jobs, etc. He says ( backs up his argument- see his book Critical Path)that we would be better off paying them NOT to go to work. it would be more effecient. We also have a HUGE problem with abstract worth (salaries,& cost of goods being two good examples). I don't think that people realize how much many everyday items ACTUALLY cost to produce. The majority of mainstream products in western civilization are SUBSIDIZED. That means that your taxes are paying for part of your gas.
Ity really really pisses me off to hear ANYONE moan about gas prices. have you ever thought of what it actually entails for you to get that poison? If an automobile were anything other than the main mode of transportation (which it became in large part due to oil & auto manufactureres buying & dismantling public transit systems), It would already be highly illegal. how many lives do they take a year? how much poison do they spit in the air? how much waste do they create? think about it, every single part that goes into it. follow it backwards. where did it come from? how was it created? what kind of labor was used?( slave labor? child labor? sweatshop labor? prison labor? most of your clothes were probably made by people who are suffering & underpaid. THAT is the true cost of discount clothing & mass manufacturing.the walmarts, H&M's GAP's etc. of the world are basically enslaving people so that you can look good. the cost of your vanity just might be global suffering.)
what raw materials went into it? how much energy was used in its production? were there any toxic byproducts? what is the lifespan of those toxins? what happens to all of the materials when i am done using the product & discard it? how much of it is reused or recycled?
How big is your own personal trashpile if your garbage was never hauled away?
one last thing for today...
the horror of mutual funds & non responsible investing.
the truth of "wall street" 401k's etc. is this:
When one puts money in an investment fund & does not ehtically choose where that money is being invested, that person is basically saying this:
"I don't care where my money goes as long as i make a profit. i don't care if children suffer, people are poisoned, the environment is destroyed, or if it's invested in programs to drug our children both literally & figuratively into a zombified state. just give me my fuckin money when i retire. let the future generations figure out how to clean up the mess."
yeah, it might seem harsh, but not nearly as harsh as the evil that is ignorance & the unwillingness to seek the truth.
those who do not are the real terrorists. for they are the ones who prop up a system designed to exploit the many for the profit of the few.
forget the pyramid. that type of heirarchy is a method of enslavement. think about it like this: when one moves up a pyramid, there is a narrowing of focus,a decrease in experiencial possibilities. on the flipside, there is the nested heirarchy, which is the basic structure of the universe. it consists of spheres within spheres. i can also have pyramids within the spheres, but these pyramids do not have a 4 sided base. they are tetrahedrons having no up & down, just like the spheres. the pints of the pyramids all touch the spheres creating joining points that are ever changing & forever adaptable. the simplest way to describe a nested heirarchy is cosmically. start with the atom (or smaller yet). a bunch of those make up molecules which make up cells which make up organs which make up organisms, which make up communities which make up worlds which make up solar systems which make up galaxies which make up universe.there are no cells that "rule" over others the way humans do, planets do not rule over one another, galaxies do not rule over one another. together, equally, they create a whole that worls TOGETHER in symbiosis balancing life & death, creation & entropy in a spiral dance that is the most beautiful thing imaginable.
but here we are in our civilization, thinking we are the totality of humanity (error #1 and HUGE error at that) and expressing our lives through a system that does not work i symbiosis with the structure of the universe.
yet still, people think they can make change through the current system. no wonder there are so many unbalanced people these days.
there is SO much more i could write about all of this & i will.
I'm planning on a series of essays that i will post on my website & announce the posts here on this blog.
I know that it's a tough world & that many of us have found ourselves in debt slavery & worse. But there is a way out. We've got to start living differently. It's a long process composed of many small steps, but the closer you get to your dreams & the less you live under the spell of civilization, the happier you will be. It may seem that i expect too much of people, but such is not the case. I have a complete understanding that each individual has their own set of trials & tribulations to work through.There is infinite varience. Luckily, we can usually come to some common ground and help each other through just about anything. It's just a matter of not being afraid to do so (to help, to give freely of self).
Patience is the mother of all happiness. Everything takes time, and one never knows exactly how long a journey will be. But it is very important that we do make the journeys and do not let our feear of the unknown keep us from growing & creating a worl that we can truly be happy in & facilitate the happiness of others as well. I'm not talking hedonism. for every hedonist there must be an ascetic (laws of cosmic balance).For every radical leaning one way there must be one leaning the other way to equalize.
so before ya go out & perform some radical acts (if you are someone so inclined to do so), or if you are someone who is represses & extremely conservative, no that you are equally empowering your opposite to exist. In an old mind's view, you are empowering your enemy (the new mind does not believe in enemies because it can see throught the illusion of separation, or other)
anyway...that was a long one wasn't it?