THE ELUSIVE OBVIOUS?
or “Vacation—all we ever wanted! Vacation—had to get away!”
Hello, Emphiyo! As usual, much of what you share resonates.
But when you write, “we/they have lost any leverage to defeat the forces of evil and usury”, I think, “Huh?”
I perceive that we are never without leverage to defeat these forces.
I pereceive that we defeat ourselves when we imagine otherwise.
The primary leverage points—the jujitsu targets that allow for thorough redirection of our attackers’ aggression—are subtle. Internal, rather than external. A matter of process, rather than a matter of policy, procedure, or even protest.
But even on the most gross external level, it seems to me there are some key leverage points available.
Imagine if a large number of us simply decided to take an extended “summer vacation” from our enslavement within the God Money system.
Imagine if we looked at how long we could vacate for, with the resources already at hand. Imagine if we got together with friends and neighbors and planned our vacations, sharing resources as needed to enable the greatest number to step out the most frequently, or for the longest continuous time span possible.
A lot of people already are underemployed; a lot of good work that needs doing in our communities is not being done because everyone’s whoring for God Money. A lot of people fucking hate their jobs, and would much rather be doing something else.
A lot of people’s jobs are nothing like secure in any case, and this is increasingly obvious in today’s chaotic political and economic context.
Imagine totally unplanned, unannounced, anarchic absenteeism in various sectors of the slave economy.
Imagine the God Money system teetering on its already-wobbling base as people spontaneously but widely discover that if they stop doing a lot of what they’ve been doing for money and instead focus on caring for and enjoying the people and non-human relations in their vicinity, Life is really quite rich, and thus, they need a lot less material stuff.
Imagine the regime ordering troops of whatever description to hunt down, arrest, brutalize, terrorize and kill innumerable small, random, highly distributed bunches of fellow Americans vacationing. Fellow Americans hanging out, giving each other back rubs, playing music, and sharing food.
Imagine the vacationers consistently saying, when confronted with such troops, “There is a place for you at our table, if you will join us.” (Starhawk, The Fifth Sacred Thing)
How long do you imagine the troops would be willing to assault and kill other Americans under such circumstances?
I say: “Probably not very long at all.”
In the meantime, everyone could be catching up on some much-needed rest, crying some long-repressed tears, learning some new dance moves, and generally remembering what being a Free human feels like.
(After a while of that, we might feel like crafting something like a new Constitution…)
I’m not making a proposal here. I’m just drawing this example out to illustrate that there are perhaps many peaceful and creative ways we the people could simply withdraw our money, labor and consent from the regime.
And, without a plan, but with trust in the creative genius within us and within Life, walk away from our long addiction to mental slavery…and walk toward a Truly original future.
Viva the creative evolution of humanity! And the renewal of this Earth.