I often wonder about what would be the most effective/efficacious way toward a freer, more equitable, sustainable future. The problem with this is that the present is as urgent as the future. It seems to me like the u.s., if it were a person, could be characterized with a variety of crises—malaise, amnesia, dementia, alienation…if we are to learn anything from these crises it has to start with a seed of wonder inside of a person that questions why things are the way they are. i imagine “?” to be some kind of evolutionary compulsion that’s inclined to homeostasis/sustainability (dharma?) via mutation-transformation.
The question of how things could change for the better begs meditation. The meditation makes one realize the funny thing is that change is a fact of now that we misassigned to the future.
It seems like systemic reality-consensus-making institutions intended for vast, disparate populaces, be it governments, corporations, religions, etc., often 1) rely on people’s tendencies to internalize and embody the social processes that compose their environment (adorno) and 2) structurally privileges people’s investment in the myopic dystopia of the individual-national, over the potential utopia of the communal-global.
Many United Statesians are particularly brainscorched with the inflammatory ideology of wealth and meritocracy, concussed by consumerism, drunk with hubris, amnesiated by the dehistoricizing nature of capitalist semiotics. ideas but greaseballs lubing our brains flabby.
If the problem is inequity/domination as a result of not only structural but individual failures to recognize/remedy said reality, how do we work toward this awakening into greater mindfulness?
Maybe this means we must create realities which encourage people to question how their realities are constructed. This means tapping into that which has been stifled by or redirected into capitalist endeavors—our capacities for creativity, compassion, and critical thought. Creativity comes naturally to all creatures, especially when they have time to play, and are not working absurd hours for little pay. Compassion is also evident interspecially, especially when beings aren’t pitted against one another over limited resources (food, water, holy space, etc.) or over-privileged categories of domination (color, class, gender, etc.).
To ignite people’s critical thought en masse is no easy task but is not beyond the realm of possibility. The key words are critical mass. There can be no dogma or authority, only perpetual yearning/seeking greater peace and unity. This unity is beyond words, it must be actualized in the cooperation itself.
All this is obviously a process that make take time way beyond our years. It not only entails exploding greater awareness of the destructive structures/systems and their socioherstorical specificities but some transnational cooperation that works toward cultural-spiritual transformation.
The spirit of a culture. It is a loose idea but bear with me here. If we each embody the spirit of a counter-capitalist culture, we can work toward our right to our free time, idleness, play—this means empowerment through education, meditation, the renouncing work (strikes), and living life as mutual relishing in non-work (art/music/jokes/carnivals/whatever).
Manifestos tend to be inaccessibe to the illiterate not to mention dryawny. How about living out your own manifestive?