Our societies don’t have to be this messed up.
We can learn from past mistakes.
We can stop operating out of sheer ego-protection and fear.
We can choose to not preference the making of money over the well-being of community.
We. Can. Do. This.
We all play a part in upholding the churning of oppressive systems, especially those of us in the middle and upper economic classes. Especially those of us who are able bodied and neurotypical. Especially those of us with white skin.
We consistently place too great of a burden on the poor, disenfranchised, and otherwise marginalized people.
Those of us who live relatively comfortable lives must choose to give up some measure of our comfort. We must choose to actively lobby for a world that will better serve – rather than punish – communities that are currently at risk and under pressure.
We can topple the towers of government and greed.
By taking the power from those who have it.
By holding corporations accountable.
By firing every single person in government who is not acting in the interests of the well being of this planet and all the beings on it.
By insisting that share-holder’s interests are less important than healthy communities.
By insisting that those who are most adversely affected by our current systems be given some of the benefits of these systems as an interim step toward changing those systems.
By asking counsel from those most adversely affected by our current systems on how to both dismantle these systems and create systems that foster greater strength, longevity, and support for all.
By offering fair exchange of whatever the current currency is within those systems to those most adversely affected, as payment for their insight and time.
We can foment revolution. And by revolution, I mean a complete overhaul of how our society is currently structured, root to branch. [Read more…] about An October Manifesto: a Life in Empire Essay